Kolkata: Few months after top Maoist leader Kishenji was killed in an encounter in Jungelmahal in West Bengal, the Home Ministry has started pulling out the anti-Maoist force Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) from the region in the wake of peace talks with rebels.

According to sources, some of the team has been moved to the neighbouring state Jharkhand.

According to sources, the Home Ministry in a letter to the West Bengal government has said, “If there is no immediate need of CoBRA commandos, let them walk to other place. CoBRA commandos are a specialised force and cannot be left sitting in their barracks.”

An intelligence report has stated that after Kishenji’s death, Maoist activities in three most Naxal affected districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Medinapur have broadly fallen.

The intelligence report, however, further said that following Kishneji’s death, Maoists in the vicinity are once again planning to regroup and formulate strategies against the government but it would take time. The report claimed there is no immediate threat of any attack.

In June 2009, nearly 18 teams of CoBRA personnel were placed in naxal affected West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts to counter the rebels. So far 12 teams have been pulled out.

“CoBRA commandos are specially trained to fight Maoists. They have been shifted to Jharkhand from here,” a senior CRPF officer told the reporters.

(JPN/Bureau)