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Anti-Naxal Ops photo from UAV goes viral, MHA pulls up forces

Published : Sep 15, 2015, 5:22 am IST
Updated : Sep 15, 2015, 5:22 am IST

Pictures of the anti-Naxal operation, generated by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) deployed in the insurgency-wracked south Bastar region in Chhattisagarh, have found their way to the social media, c

Pictures of the anti-Naxal operation, generated by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) deployed in the insurgency-wracked south Bastar region in Chhattisagarh, have found their way to the social media, creating a ripple in security circle.

The MHA has issued a circular to the Central Para Military Forces to restrain from uploading sensitive security related information and photographs in the social media after the intelligence wing of the Chha-ttisgarh police brought the matter to notice of the MHA as well as Central intelligence, sources in state intelligence bureau (SIB) told this newspaper here on Monday.

 

Sources said the photographs and sensitive information generated by one UAV being operated from an operational base in an area in south Bastar have been uploaded in WhatsApp recently apparently by troopers of a CPMF unit deployed there.

This has triggered a security scare forcing the Chhattisgarh police to take up the matter with the MHA, a senior police officer said.

A large fleet of UAVs and other logistics of National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) have been moved to Chhattisgarh to help security forces deployed in Leftwing insurgency-hit Bastar launch “quality” anti-Naxal operations. The base of NTRO has also been shifted from Hyderabad to Bhillai for making available real time inputs on movement of Naxals in Bastar to the security forces.

 

UAV was deployed in anti-Naxal operation for the first time in Bastar in the aftermath of massacre of 76 CRPF personnel by Maoists on April 6, 2010 at Tadmetla in Sukma district in the state.

Location: India, Chhatisgarh, Raipur