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Satellites, GPS to track Naxal-hit areas

Last updated on: January 13, 2011 15:11 IST

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A state-of-the-art control room with giant TV screens that will help track the offensive of security forces in Naxal strongholds with satellite imaging and Global Positioning System has been activated at the Central Reserve Police Force headquarters in New Delhi.

Official sources said the control room will enable top officers to track the movement of personnel in thick jungles and hilly terrains across states where anti-Naxal operations are going on.


Image: A file photo of a Maoist camp

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A giant screen comprising 16 LCD screens has been put up, which at the push of a button will show the exact positioning of troops in the area. The preloaded satellite images will give a fair idea of the patrol party's location and nearby areas.

The project was kick-started few years back with the force approaching the Indian Space Research Organisation for satellite imaging of Naxal areas.


Image: A file photo of woman Maoist cadres

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The National Technical Research Organisation is also part of the project.

"Lack of knowledge of the topography is the biggest hurdle before security personnel against its fight against the Naxals who are well-versed with the terrain," a source said.

The images outline major details of the terrain including water bodies among others. And with the help of GPS, each step of the personnel can be tracked.


Image: A CRPF jawan pays his last respects to colleagues who died in a Naxalite attack in Chhattisgarh
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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"This will be very helpful in carrying out offensive operations and also to undertake any rescue missions. Even if the personnel take a wrong route, they can be notified," a source said.

The agencies are giving finishing touches to the project which will provide a more comprehensive imaging. Top home ministry officials were given a presentation on the project recently.


Image: Security personnel drink water while patrolling a forest area in Chhattisgarh
Photographs: Parth Sanyal/Reuters
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