A few videos clips purportedly showing suspected Maoists using a makeshift chopper for target practice at a training camp have surfaced here. The videos seems to have been shot in the interior forests, and show a group of Maoists taking aim at a dummy chopper sliding along a rope between two trees.
In the video, the rebels are seen armed with automatic rifles and sticks — some are lying on floor, others are positioned behind trees. A chopper made of polythene and bamboos slides on a rope between two trees about 50 metres apart. Some Maoists are seen moving the chopper along the rope.
While the location of this Maoist camp is not clear, the police suspect it to be somewhere in south Bastar.
These clips, a few minutes long, have alarmed the Chhattisgarh police as Maoists often target choppers in Bastar. In January 2013, Maoists forced an Mi-17 to make an emergency landing in forests of Sukma district. During the 2008 assembly polls, a personnel aboard an IAF aircraft was killed in Maoist firing.
“We are examining this video. It’s an extremely significantly development. Helicopters have been the prime target of Maoists. We will train our personnel about this tactic,” said Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav.
In March 2012, the police had seized documents from Maoists camps in Abujhmaad that had detailed sketches of choppers and technical manuals on ‘how to hit choppers’.