Dubbed as "son of soil" because its personnel are recruited from among local youth and surrendered Naxals in Bastar division, the DRG earned accolades recently for its well executed strikes in the Maoists' self-proclaimed liberated zones like Abhujmad and south Sukma.

"DRG's boys have done an exceptional job in past one year and added a new dimension to anti-Naxal operations in Bastar," Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri told reporters.

"They are emotionally attached to the region as they belong to this place. They are familiar with the culture, ethos and language of people. Having a bond with the Tribals, they are better mentally-conditioned to handle them. They are fighting Maoists efficiently because of their inherent motivation for doing so," Kalluri said.

As per the statistics, the DRG carried out 644 anti-Naxal operations in 2015, both individually and in coordination with other state forces and paramilitaries, during which they gunned down 46 ultras.

This year so far, 25 Maoists have been killed in 144 operations carried out by DRG alone as well as jointly with other forces without any casualty to the security forces. The DRG was raised over different periods of time in seven districts of Bastar spread in an area of around 40,000 sq kms, to fight the menace of Left Wing Extremism ongoing from over past three decades.

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