Guwahati: Kanha National Park, well known for a dense population of tigers is virtually under the control of Maoists, claims Police.
The forest ranges over Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh. Abhishek Tiwari, SP, Balaghat said that previously the corridor was used for movement of the Maoists between Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. The Maoists have moved to create a base thereafter strong Anti-Naxal Operations launched by the Governments of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
The forest officials have confirmed this and further added that during the lockdown, Maoist movements have greatly intensified in the region. The forest officials also admitted that they are continuously supplying ration to the Maoists to safeguard their safety. They have claimed to cooperate with the Police but also expressed concerns over their safety.
It is also informed that Maoist top leader Jeeva is being spotted in the region.