Ranchi:Jharkhand police have decided to have motorcycle squads equipped with latest weapons to fight Maoist rebels in the state, officials said Saturday.
"The cops manning the squad will be given special training to fight the rebels. In hilly areas, Maoists take advantage of jungles while escaping. Bikes will be helpful as it is difficult to chase any one on four wheelers inside jungles," a police official told IANS.
"In jungles, Maoists detonate vehicles by triggering landmine blasts. But it will be difficult to blast bikes," he said.
Each squad will have at least 24 security personnel on 12 bikes.
There will be at least two bike squads in each of the Maoist-dominated districts. Latest bikes with maximum horsepower will be purchased and cops selected for the bike squad will be trained to fight Maoists in the jungles.
Jharkhand has constituted five special teams to fight the rebels. They include personnel of the Special Task Force (STF), Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and Grey Hound Force. Despite all these efforts, Maoists have been killing civilians and security personnel in the state regularly.
Till now, 645 civilians, 290 security personnel and 144 Maoist rebels have been killed in the last six years. Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state.