Bihar Maoist ambush: Inter-state Maoist corridor blocked

Jharkhand Police on Tuesday blocked an inter-state Maoist corridor connecting Aurangabad with Palamu and Chatra districts of Jharkhand after Bihar Maoists ambush which killed 10 CRPF jawans. An attempt to stop Maoists from fleeing across the border into Jharkhand, the blockade draws strength from coordinated anti-Maoist operations launched in the inter-state region.   "We are blocked the corridor with effective operations. The operations are intelligence based, strategic and target-oriented," said Anjani Kumar Jha, SP of Chatra district which is part of the corridor.   The place of encounter in Aurangabad is around 25km from Palamu border. The geographic conditions suit the Maoists better than the police. With the geographic advantage the Maoists attacked the CoBRA jawans. The encounter continued for over 10 hours during which the Maoists detonated several IEDs and opened fire with the CoBRA jawans in the line of fire.   A more or less similar geographic condition extends throughout the Maoist corridor in which the security forces stand on a disadvantageous platform as compared with the Maoists.   Bihar police have shared apprehensions that the extremists would exploit the corridor to safely retreat into Jharkhand. The Maoists have often exploited lack of coordination and efficiency which mark inter-state border policing. When pressure mounts in Bihar the Maoists flee to Jharkhand and vice versa. Lack of interest and ego clash, a police officer said, has overshadowed security concerns.   Police spokesperson M S Bhatia said Bihar police have sought help in fighting the Maoists. "The operation is on in bordering districts. We would further strengthen the operations to ensure no Maoist manages to take shelter in Jharkhand," Bhatia said.   The incident has stocked fears of more attacks because the incident will arm Maoists with better confidence. It prompted the state police to issue general alert in Maoist dominated districts. Jharkhand police headquarter has asked SPs of Palamu and Chatra to block the corridor and launched effective coordinated operation to stop the Maoists movement.   "In Palamu regular anti-Maoist operations are going on. More forces would join the operations to make them effective," Bhatia said.

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