Operation Greenhunt Fact Sheet: India’s Military Attack on Tribals and Maoists
Posted by D and I Consulting on November 17, 2010
The Campaign against War on People compiled a helpful fact sheet on Operation Greenhunt.
Download the Entire PDF here.
The Status of the Current Offensive
• The offensive will be spread over the next five years.
• A special forces school, a special forces unit and an army brigade HQ will be set up near Bilaspur. The Bde HQ will participate in anti-Maoist ops in the future. The army is looking for 1,800 acres of land to set up the infrastructure.
• The IAF is looking for 300 acres for its base • Home Ministry is sitting on a plan to redeploy the Rashtriya Rifles [from Kashmir to the Naxal affected areas]. RR and BSF unlike other paramilitary forces, have heavy weaponry like medium-range machine guns, mortars and rocket launchers.
• For now, 27 battalions of the Border Security Force and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police will
be moved into Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Maharashtra.
• The paramilitary forces will be supported by six Mi-17 IAF choppers.
• The helicopters will have on board the IAF’s special force, the GARUDS, to secure the chopper and conduct combat search and rescue operations.
• The offensive will be in seven phases. Each phase has been marked area-wise as Operating Areas (OAs).
• OA-1 involves moving along a north-south axis from Kanker, Chhattisgarh, and on an east-west axis from Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and span the Abuj Marh forests used by the Maoists as a training centre and logistics base. (All points above from Outlook, 26 Oct 2009)
• In Maharashtra alone, a Rs 100 crore strategy has been chalked out to intensify operations against ‘Naxals’. (India Today, 2 June 2009)
• Vanwasi Chetana Ashram, a voluntary organisation based on Gandhian ideas and principles, was demolished in May 2009 by security forces, in the name of fighting Maoists.
• Salwa Judum type squads continue to operate actively against tribal people, with the active connivance of the local administration, in the name of fighting Maoists. (‘Salwa Judum in Narayanpatna: A Fact-Finding Report’)
• First phase of Operation Green Hunt has already begun in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra (Times of India, 2 Nov 2009)
• The current offensive may be held in partial abeyance till January 2010, not to facilitate dialogue but because the paramilitary forces will be required on poll duty in the upcoming elections in Jharkhand. (IANS report, 24 Nov 2009)