India: Maoist rebels attack Indian air force helicopter

 NEW DELHI, Jan 18: Police say suspected Maoist rebels have fired on an Indian Air Force helicopter, injuring one wireless operator on board while the aircraft was trying to evacuate wounded policemen from the Maoist stronghold.
Indian Air Force Helicopter

Indian Air Force Helicopter

The helicopter was forced to land in Teliwara area in eastern Chhattisgarh state on Friday, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Pranay Sahay, a paramilitary force officer, says the helicopter was trying to evacuate two state policemen wounded in fighting with Maoist rebels in the area.

The rebels have been fighting the central government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers and the poor. About 2,000 people — including police, militants and civilians — have been killed in the past few years.

Published on 2013-01-18 21:12:51

Indian Army, Air Force wary of getting more involved in anti-Maoist operations

The Indian military has so far relied on state police and paramilitary forces, such as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for Operation Green Hunt.

The Hindu, June 6th

NEW DELHI: Amid indications that the Army and the Air Force are chary of getting involved, the government will soon take a call on the proposal to give the armed forces a role in tackling the Naxalite problem.

According to highly placed sources, the Home Ministry has prepared a document, outlining various options in the face of the escalating Maoist insurgency in Chhattisgarh and other parts of the country. The document was sent to the Defence Ministry for its views and it is still being reviewed there.

Last week, Defence Minister A.K. Antony held a meeting with the three Services chiefs on the security situation in the country, including the problem of naxal violence, and sought their views on the possibility of enlarging the role of the armed forces, especially the Army and the Air Force, in counter-insurgency operations.

The Army now provides training to the State and Central police forces, while the Air Force gives logistic support of transporting personnel and supplies. Continue reading