New Delhi: Anti-Naxal operations are set to be intensified in affected states with the induction of 2,000 newly trained BSF personnel and seven new helicopters.
   
The Border Security Force (BSF) will deploy its two new battalions in Chhattisgarh and Orissa, official sources said. The force has already ten battalions in operation in these two states.
   
With this, the total strength of Central forces involved in the anti-Maoist drive will go up to about 93,000 personnel. They include 76 battalions of CRPF and five of Indo-Tibetan\ Border Police (ITBP). A battalion has approximately 1,000 personnel.
   
Six new MI-17 choppers and a 'Dhruv' Advanced Light Helicopter will be deployed in these areas. They will be operated by the BSF air-wing.
   
"We are adding a considerable number of aircraft to our air-wing," BSF Director General U K Bansal said during the forces' annual press conference here today.
   
"The two new battalions have already finished their training and will be deployed in Chhattisgarh and Orissa including at the borders of these two states," sources said, adding the move to induct the fresh contingents and the choppers was taken sometime back.

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