Drones capture Naxal presence in Chhattisgarh before polls..In PICs, video

JP Tripathi, Raipur, Nov 11: In view of the naxal threat, for the first time drones are being used surveillance for first time in elections at Dantewada in Chhattisgarh.in Chhattisgarh. In fact, drones have located presence of naxals in the area.It is tough times for the security forces as spike in IED blasts slow the pace of security forces' movements. Plus, the Maosists have camouflaged themselves as villagers and keeping an eye on security movement. Thus drones are proving to be effective in the area. In fact, drones have spotted a house in Kaushalnagar where naxals were prsent and quickly moved inside the house after sighting the drone. Kaushalnar is deep inside Abujmaad which does not have security camps for nearly 30 kilometres once you cross  river Indrawati. There is dense infestation of Maoists in the area.  Thus drones are being used to give inputs to advance  patrol parties that are giving security cover to polling parties.As per Intelligence inputs, naxals from Maharashtra, Telangana, Orissa and other bordering states have moved to Chhattisgarh because of the elections. Naxals have threatened the people to bycott polls or face consequences. More than the public, the naxals are targetting the politicians and security forces. Intelligence reports suggest attack on helicopters while landing and stealing of EVMs. Polling parties and election officers are too under threat.Meanwhile, a BSF Assistant Sub-Inspector Mahinder Singh was killed on Sunday in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district when Maoists exploded hidden explosives when the troopers were on foot patrol, authorities said.The attack came a day ahead of the first phase of Assembly polls in the state and occurred in an area which will see polling for the state Assembly on Monday. It was the fourth Maoist attack in 16 days in Chhattisgarh.The slain trooper, a resident of Rajasthan, was part of a Border Security Force (BSF) team which ran into the concealed Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) near the Koyali Beda forested area."Over six IEDs exploded in one go when the BSF men reached the area. Mahinder Singh suffered critical injuries. He was flown to hospital in Raipur where doctors declared him dead," Kanket Superintendent of Police K.L. Dhruva told IANS.The official said the BSF team left its base camp at Udanpur on Saturday morning in search of Maoists who have asked people to boycott Monday's election.In another incident early on Sunday, a Maoist was killed in a gun battle with security forces in Bijapur district's Bedre forest area, said police. The dead Maoist was in combat dress."A team of Special Task Force (STF) was on an anti-Maoist operation when the incident took place. A rifle was recovered from the spot," a police officer said.On November 8 a Central Industrial Security Force Head Constable and four civilians were killed when the Maoists blew up a mini bus in which they were returning to their camp after buying vegetables and groceries in Dantewada district.A Doordarshan cameraman and three Chhattisgarh police personnel were killed in a Maoist ambush, also in Dantewada, on October 30. On October 27, the Maoists fired on a contingent of Central Reserve Police Force in Bijapur, killing four troopers.Police said the Maoist attacks were part of an attempt to disrupt elections to the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly. Voting will take place on November 12 and 20 and the results will be declared on December 11.Over 500 additional companies of security forces, including paramilitary, have been deployed in Chhattisgarh to boost security during elections.News24 Bureau/IANS