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CRPF opens hospitals in Naxal hotbed Bastar

Marking the Republic day, the CRPF on Monday inaugurated two first-of-their kind ‘battlefield’ hospitals in the Naxal hotbeds of Bastar in Chhattisgarh which will provide immediate first aid to injured security forces personnel undertaking anti-Maoist operations as well as locals in the area.

CRPF Inspector General (Operations) H S Sidhu flew down on a chopper from Raipur for the formal launching of the two hospitals in Bijapur and the other at Chintalnar in Dantewada.

The mini combat-support hospital, aided with life sustaining and resuscitation gadgets, are the first operational medical facility for security troops operating in various Maoist-affected states.

“About 150 villagers have been treated today at the two camps today. The force has posted two doctors in alternate shifts and the facilities will be operational 24X7,” a senior officer said.

The hospital have been housed inside the fortified Central Reserve Police Force camp in both the violence-hit districts in south Bastar.

The area is synonymous with the worst-ever Naxal ambush carried out on security forces in 2010 where 76 men were killed.

The force also hoisted the tricolour at these locations to mark the Republic Day.
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