Giridih (Jharkhand), Apr 6 (PTI) CRPF Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today said naxal activities across the country have decreased by 60 per cent and the menace would come to an end in near future.

He said the movement of the force has been restricted in three naxal-affected areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh owing to the lack of proper road conditions.

The CRPF DG, however, did not name the three areas.

“The CRPF has been engaged in a massive anti-naxal campaign. Sixty per cent of Naxal activities have been decreased. It would come to an end in near future,” Bhatnagar told reporters after attending a high-level meeting over the naxal menace at Madhuvan in the Pirtand block of Jharkhand’s Giridih district.

To a question, he said the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is also engaged in neutralising terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.

The DG said 15 Maoists, including three hard-core ones carrying Rs 35 lakh reward on their heads, have been arrested during an operation in Giridih district early last month.

Bhatnagar also honoured 74 personnel who had taken part in the operation.

Additional Director General of Jharkhand police R K Mallick, CRPF ADG Kuldeep Singh and other officials were present at the meeting.

The CRPF DG’s visit followed an encounter by the force in Latehar district in which five Maoists, including two commanders carrying rewards of Rs 5 lakh each on their heads, were killed on April 4.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.