WB, Odisha and Jharkhand police to launch joint operation against Maoists

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Jamshedpur, Jan 21: Jharkhand police would launch a joint anti-Maoist operation in the bordering areas of the district in collaboration with their West Bengal and Odisha counterparts. East Singhbhum police will be stepping up combing operation in the extremist-hit areas. This was said on Monday by the SSP of Jamshedpur Anoop Birtharay after a joint police meeting of the three states.

During the meeting, officials of the three states exchanged vital information about the movement of Maoists and unanimously decided to expedite measures to tighten noose around the outlaws. The top cops also discussed plans to track down notorious Maoist leader Aseem Mandal alias Akash, who carries a bounty of Rs 1 crore, and other members of his squad.

Cops also discussed about other Maoist leader Prashanat Bose alias Kishan. They said plans were afoot to either compel the Maoist leader to surrender before police or deal a blow to his squad once and for all. After the plan is finalized, police would launch a massive joint operation in the three states.

Police officials said the extortion of traders, contractors and other people by the Maoists had stopped. According to Birtharay, “In view of upcoming elections, police in the three states is going to launch a joint operation against the Maoists. We have decided to formulate a joint strategy to counter extremism in the region.”

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