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Forces start Dalma operation

Jamshedpur, Dec. 14: A joint team of the CRPF and police today launched a combing operation at Bota and Konkadasa villages of Dalma following intelligence reports on movements of a Maoist armed squad from Bengal in the hills, a refuge for the rebels until 2009.

Around 300 personnel of the paramilitary forces and district armed police, East Singhbhum, have fanned out in the hill spread across 192 sqkm to flush out the rebels who are said to have sneaked in from Purulia, Bengal.

SP (rural) Rajiv Ranjan Singh said the police had information about an eight-member armed squad of the CPI(Maoist) frequently visiting Konkadasa village over the past one month. “We have started an anti-insurgency operation only after getting authentic information about the movement of rebels in the Dalma villages,” he added.

With no reports on Naxalite-sponsored violence in Dalma or movement of the rebels of late, one of the five CRPF camps in the hills was lifted six months ago, he revealed.

“The CRPF’s Asanboni camp was shifted to Giridih despite strong protests by local villagers. But recent intelligence inputs suggest the CPI(Maoist) had a major reshuffle at the top level in eastern India, following which the rebels have once again started sneaking into the hills,” he said.

According to intelligence sources, there is no Maoist area commander in Dalma, with senior leaders of the outfit from Purulia leading the rebels.

The Dalma Anchalik Surakshya Samity, is also said to have become active again, with reports about its members keeping close vigil and patrolling the villages at night.

Members of the vigilante group are working in co-operation with the police and paramilitary forces.

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