Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Business | By Jorge Reeves

Government redraw strategy to tackle Maoists

Government redraw strategy to tackle Maoists

Declaring all out war, Singh stressed on "unity of purpose" and spoke of a unified coordination and command to counter left wing extremists (LWE).

The meeting, sources said, discussed how the strategy could be recaliberated to make it more effective and to reduce casualties among security personnel.

Singh also said the Maoists could not be dealt with only by force but by long-term and short-term solutions.

In his speech, Nitish said that in a "federal structure, Centre can not relegate itself to mere reviewing role by throwing the ball in the court of states for taking effective action to neutralise this threat of Left Wing Extremism which has emerged as a challenge to internal security".

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Around 12,000 people have lost their lives to Maoist violence in the last 20 years, the home minister said.

The Home Minister added that left-wing extremist groups were trying to weaken democracy in the country but would "never succeed" in doing so.

Apart from the chief ministers, the district magistrates and superintendents of police of 35 of the worst-hit districts are also expected to be part of the meeting, along with the heads of paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies.

The home minister said there is a need to consider whether there should be a reaction only after the occurrence of any Naxal violence or "should our role not be proactive?" In addition, Mr Singh said, unique identification numbers could be used in gelatin and other explosive materials. "In order to prevent this, it would be advisable to have trackers in weapons, biometrics in smart gun triggers", Rajnath said.

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"The residential camps of security forces should be well equipped with power and water facility and better connectivity", he said.

"We need to use high resolution cameras, Global Positioning System, thermal imaging, radar and satellite images".

Home ministry sources said now 90 per cent of Maoist activity is limited to 35 districts, though the ultra-Left guerrillas have pockets of influence in 68 districts in 10 states. If the officers lack leadership skills at the tactical level, it can demoralise the troops engaged in field operations. The force has already shifted its anti-Naxal ops command centre from Kolkata to Raipur to further strengthen its operations in the state.

The day-long meeting on Monday is also being attended by the secretaries of the union ministries, besides chief secretaries and police chiefs of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, a Home Ministry statement said.

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Chief Minister reiterated that Union Government should not claim reimbursement of expenditure on deployment of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) in LWE affected States since LWE is a national internal security threat and the state governments themselves are investing sizeably from their own meagre resources to contain the menace.

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