Mumbai: 24 hours after 18 policemen were massacred by Naxals in Maharashtra, the government is ready for a newer, bigger war. And it's setting aside 7300 crores for this.
16,000 additional security men are being sent to Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to help battle Naxals. The Border Security Force will also contribute to this new mission. They will work with the 40,000 men already stationed there. The additional forces will be moved after the Maharashtra elections.
The Anti-Maoist Task Force, a special command, will handle operations in border areas between states. The first line of defence will be the state police. If the Air Force is called in, it will not be allowed to fire back on any Naxals, not even in self-defence.
The new operations are scheduled to start on the 1st of November. But that may be pushed back to allow new forces to get familiar with the terrain.
Operations will follow the pattern of Lalgarh in West Bengal -forces will enter areas controlled or dominated by Maoists, and clear the Naxals from there. The forces will then "hold" or guard that area while infrastructure and a local administration is strengthened.