State’s armed deployment against Maoist revolutionaries

Operation Green Hunt

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Operation Green Hunt
Part of Naxalite-Maoist insurgency
DateSeptember 2009[1] – present May 2023
(13 years and 8 months)
LocationIndia‘s Red Corridor
 Government of India CRPF Indian Armed ForcesMinister of Home AffairsMinistry of External Affairs Communist Party of India (Maoist)People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army
Commanders and leaders
 Droupadi Murmu
 Narendra Modi
(Prime Minister)
 Amit Shah
(Minister of Home Affairs)
 Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
(Ministry of External Affairs)
 Dr.Sujoy Lal Thaosen
(Director General)
 Anil Chauhan
(Chief of Defence Staff)
 Manoj Pande
(Chief of the Army Staff)
 R. Hari Kumar
(Chief of the Naval Staff)
 Vivek Ram Chaudhari
(Chief of the Air Staff)
 Rajnath Singh
(Minister of Defence)
 Giridhar Aramane
(Defence Secretary)showFormer
 Ankit Pandey
 Charu Majumdar (POW)
 Kanu Sanyal (POW)
 Jangal Santhal (POW)
 Sabyasachi Panda (POW)
 Prashant Bose (POW)
Ashutosh Tudu (POW)
 Yalavarthi Naveen Babu 
 Narmada Akka 
 Arun Kumar Bhattacharjee (POW)
 Deo Kumar Singh 
 Milind Teltumbde 
 Jagdish Mahto 
 Subrata Dutta 
 Mahendar Singh 
 Anil Baruah 
 • Paramilitary personnel: 100,000[citation needed] + 10,000[2] + 10,000[3]
 • Indian Reserve Battalions: Naga Battalions‘ 2,000 personnel[4]
 • State Armed Police Forces‘ personnel: 200,000[5]
 • Greyhounds[citation needed]
 • Special Operation Group[6]
 • Indian Air ForceMI-17 and MI-17V5 helicopters[7] (and drones)[8]
 • People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army: 8,000 – 9,000 (September 2013)[5]
 • People’s Militia (armed with bows, arrows, and machetes): 38,000[9]
Casualties and losses
Negligible2,266 killed
9,714 surrendered
10,181 arrested[10]
2,318 civilians killed[11]
showvteNaxalite–Maoist insurgency

Operation Green Hunt is the name used by the Indian media to describe the “all-out offensive by paramilitary forces and the states forces” against the Naxalites.[1] The operation is believed to have begun in November 2009 along five states in the “Red Corridor.”[citation needed]

The term was coined by the Chhattisgarh police officials to describe one successful drive against the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the state. It was erroneously used by the media to describe the wider anti-Naxalite operations; the government of India does not use the term “Operation Green Hunt” to describe its anti-Naxalite offensive.[12]

Planning and implementation[edit]

A fleet of Mi-17 V5 has been deployed against the Maoists by the Indian Air Force.

In October 2009, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) announced that it was in the final stages of planning the offensive and had received approval from the Union-led government. The Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) would take the lead in the operations against Maoist insurgents.[13] But in September 2009, the media had already reported a “massive 3 day joint operation” by the CoBRA and Chhattisgarh police against the Maoists in Dantewada.[1]

At the beginning of November 2009, the first phase of the operation began in Gadchiroli district. As many as 18 companies of the central paramilitary forces were moved into the area in anticipation of the operation.[14]

In April 2010, Mark Sofer had a conversation with Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and M. K. Narayanan on the subject of the “Maoist extremism” and West Bengal‘s internal security, and offered assistance by Israel in the state’s battle against the Maoists.[15]

Initially in 2009, the government of India had decided to move 80,000 central paramilitary personnel to wage offensive against the Maoists, strengthened by a fleet of 10 armed helicopters from the Indian Air Force.[16] On 3 January 2013, the government of India issued a statement that it is deploying 10,000 more central paramilitary personnel in Bastar, Odisha and some parts of Jharkhand.[2] By May 2013, about 84,000 troops from the CRPF had been stationed in the Red corridor to beef up the offensive.[17] Apart from the paramilitary personnel, the SAPF personnel deployed in operations against the Maoists are estimated to number around 200,000.[5] In his analysis in March 2014, Gautam Navlakha has claimed that 286,200 CRPF personnel along with 100,000 personnel from other central paramilitary forces and the SAPF are now engaged in the offensive against the CPI (Maoist) in 10 states of India.[18] On 8 June 2014, the Minister of Home Affairs officially approved the deployment of another 10,000 troops from the paramilitary forces to fight against the Maoists in Chhattisgarh.[3]

The Times of India, in May 2013, stated that the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to induce 10,000 more paramilitary personal to move “towards a fight to finish war against Maoists in Red Zone.”[19]

The Indian Army has also been stationed in the Red corridor, however, the Army claims that it is present there to train the paramilitary personnel to fight against the Maoists and denies its direct role in the offensive operations.[20] The Chief of the Army Staff and the 7 army commanders in mid-2011 had assessed that, if required, about 60,000-65,000 troops from the Indian Army would need to be induced in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and West Bengal to battle the Naxalites.[21] On 30 May 2013, the Indian Air Force’s Air Chief Marshal declared that apart from the currently operating MI-17 helicopters, the Indian Air Force is inducing a fleet of MI-17V5 helicopters to “provide full support to anti-Naxal operations.”[7]

Recently in August 2014, the Ministry of Home Affairs stated that it is “sending” 2,000 personnel from the Naga Battalions of the Nagaland‘s Indian Reserve Battalions (IRB) in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar to attack the Maoists, which according to The Economic Times, would make Bastar “the most–militarised zone in India.” The Naga Battalion personnel are being send to fight the Maoists for a second time, with having battled the Maoists once before in West Bengal.[4]

The Indian armed forces’ personnel use satellite phones and they also have access to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).[5] Security forces have been using UAVs in anti-Maoist operations for quite some time in BiharChhattisgarh and Jharkhand.[22] Presently, the UAVs are being provided by the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) and Indian Air Force, but they have not been able to yield desired results for the armed forces. Hence, to further advance the offensive, the Defence Research and Development Organisation has taken an initiative to specially develop UAVs with “lower frequency radars” for the armed forces to “track down” the Maoists.[23] The NTRO has specially imported 12 drones from Israel for aerial surveillance of Naxalites’ activities in the forest region on Andhra Pradesh–Orissa–Chhattisgarh border.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. Jump up to:a b c Sethi, Aman (6 February 2013). “Green Hunt: the anatomy of an operation”The Hindu. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  2. Jump up to:a b “Incidents and Statements involving CPI-Maoist: 2013”. New Delhi: SATP. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  3. Jump up to:a b Dahat, Pavan (12 June 2014). “Chhattisgarh gears for ‘result-oriented’ approach against Maoists”The Hindu. Raipur. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  4. Jump up to:a b Sharma, Aman (19 August 2014). “Government to send 2,000 para-military men of Naga unit to fight Maoists in Bastar”The Economic Times. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  5. Jump up to:a b c d Krishna Das, R.; Makkar, Sahil; Basak, Probal; Satapathy, Dillip (27 September 2013). “Reds in retreat”Business Standard. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  6. ^ “Operation Greenhunt starts in Orissa”The Indian Express. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  7. Jump up to:a b “Air Force to lend support for anti-Naxal operations”The Hindu. The Hindu Group. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  8. Jump up to:a b Swami, Praveen (13 March 2014). “CRPF, State police ignored pinpoint warning on ambush”The Hindu. Retrieved 13 March 2014. India’s super-secret National Technical Reconnaissance organisation, or NTRO, operates a fleet of 12 Israeli-made Searcher tactical drones for surveillance of the vast forest tracts on the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa-Chhattisgarh border, home to the largest Maoist formations in the country. The expensive investment in remotely piloted reconnaissance assets has not, however, led to success in detecting hundreds-strong Maoist units.
  9. ^ Kumar, Kamal (August 2013). “Analysis: India’s Maoist challenge”Al Jazeera. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  10. ^ “Datasheet-terrorist-attack-surrender”.
  11. ^ “Datasheet-terrorist-attack-surrender”.
  12. ^ “There is no ‘Operation Green Hunt’: Chidambaram”The Times of India. 7 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  13. ^ “‘Centre’s Anti-Naxal Plan to be Implemented Soon'”Outlook, Mumbai: M/s Outlook Publishing (India) Private Limited, 9 October 2009, archived from the original on 18 July 2011, retrieved 11 March 2010
  14. ^ Ali, Mazhar (2 November 2009). “First phase of Operation Green Hunt begins”The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  15. ^ “Israel to help West Bengal tackle Maoists”Rediff. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  16. ^ “10 IAF choppers for rebel combat”The Telegraph. New Delhi: ABP Group. 29 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  17. ^ “CRPF will launch fresh operations against Naxals in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand”Indo-Asian News Service. New Delhi: The New Indian Express. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
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  19. ^ Mohan, Vishwa (8 May 2013). “Government to deploy 10,000 more personnel in four states to fight Maoists”The Times of India. New Delhi. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  20. ^ Thottam, Jyoti (27 June 2011). “Indian Army Raises the Stakes in Its War Against the Maoists”Time. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  21. ^ “South Asia Intelligence Review: Weekly Assessments & Briefings”Institute for Conflict Management. SATP. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  22. ^ “Bihar Police using UAV Drones to track Maoists Movements”Indo-Asian News Service. Bihar Prabha. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  23. ^ Bhatnagar, Gaurav Vivek (7 February 2014). “DRDO’s UAVs to track down Naxals”The Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2014.