Six companies of the Nagaland Armed Police deployed in Ayodhya hills in Purulia district of West Bengal will be withdrawn as the Naga-peace-talks between the Centre and the Naga groups have reached the final stage.
This has been done to beef up Nagaland’s internal security.
The Ayodhya Hills was once the hotbed of Maoists and it housed a 34-member platoon of elite People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) members – the military component of CPI (Maoists).
As a part of Indian Reserve Battalion, the Nagaland Armed Police troopers were deployed in the Ayodhya Hills in 2009.
Joint operations were launched in 2009 in Junglemahal – Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts.
A recent MHA order asked the West Bengal government to release the six companies as they would be re-deployed in Nagaland ahead of the signing of the Naga-peace accord.
MHA sources informed that the six companies will head back to Nagaland by December second week.
“The MHA has asked the CRPF to re-deploy in the Ayodhya hills in consultation with the state,” informed a senior MHA official.