Odisha, WB, Jharkhand to launch joint op against Maoists

Jhargram (WB): Security forces of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand on Wednesday decided to launch a joint operation against Maoists in their common border areas.

Jhargram Superintendent of Police Bharati Ghosh said officers of various levels of the police, CRPF and CISF of the three states attended a meeting held in the SP's office here.

It was decided at the meeting that a joint operation would be launched against the Maoists in the border areas, Ghosh said.

However, she did not divulge the exact date of commencing of the operation.

Jungle Mahal region in southern West Bengal comprising the forested areas of Purulia, West Midnapore (which included Jhargram police district) and Bankura district has borders with Odisha and Jharkhand and was a Maoist stronghold a couple of years ago.

Their activities slowed down after the Mamata Banerjee-led government came to power in May 2011 and CPI(Maoist) politburo member Kishanji was killed six months later.

However, in recent months, there were indications that the red rebels were trying to regroup in Jungle Mahal.