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Army asks govt if they can attack Maoists

New Delhi: The army wants to know how its troops should respond if attacked by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.

The army has sought clarifications on a host of issues, called rules of engagement, from the Chhattisgarh government through the Defence Ministry.

Some of the clarifications sought are – can they shoot back in self defence, can they counter attack, can they carry out reconnaissance or gather intelligence?

The queries come ahead of plans to set up a maneuver training range for counter insurgency operations near the Maoist dominated Abujhmad forests in Chattisgarh.

There are also some administrative issues involved in setting up the training range.

The army wants a road laid to the site of the range for which some forest clearance has to be done.

But the state government has laid down strict conditions for the range, which include no displacement of the local population and no large scale felling of trees.

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