Army to clear mines in Chhattisgarh
(INDIA) 31 May 2010 - Army may soon be pressed into service for clearing forests in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region of mines, which have proved to be a major bottleneck in effectively countering the Maoists in the state, a senior police officer said here on Sunday.
The proposal to engage the army experts in demining the forests was sent by the state police soon after the May 17 Chingawara incident - in which the Naxals had blown up a passenger bus by triggering landmine blasts and killed 35 people, he said, adding, "It has received favourable response from the Centre". Nearly 25,000 sq km of total 40,000 sq km forest areas in Bastar region have been heavily mined by the Maoists, with explosives at strategic places.
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