The Sukma district in extreme south Bastar of Chhattisgarh lies on the tri-junction of three states- Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra - with the Maoists dominating the region through an extensive network of 'Janatana Sarkar' units coupled with dreaded guerrilla fighter battalions.

"The Naxals have inflicted maximum causalities ons ecurity forces in Sukma region only, including the killing of 76 security personnel in Tadmetla in 2010, which clearly shows the intensity of their dominance in the region," Professor Girishkant Pandey, Head, Department of Defence Studies at Government Science College here, told reporter.

Unless and until security forces did not gain control over south Sukma forests, it would not be easy for them to win the war against Naxals in Bastar, he added.

The three insurgency-riddled areas – Jharkhand-Bihar border, Abhujmad and Sukma region of Dandakaranya – in Chhattisgarh have been consistently claimed by Maoists as their base points.

Though the CRPF and local police achieved success in weakening the rebels on Bihar-Jharkhand border, in the other two areas it appears they still need to make effective incursions, he cited.

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