Naxal-hit states to devise new strategy in MHA meeting tomorrow
Amid rising number of naxal attacks on security forces, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will tomorrow chair a meeting of 10 Naxal-affected states to devise a new strategy to counter Left-Wing Extremism.
In the meeting that comes two weeks after 25 paramilitary personnel were killed by a band of Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Chief ministers of Naxalite-affected states will meet top civil and police officers to devise new ways to tackle the armed rebels.
It is expected that the meet will help firm up an anti- Naxal strategy to fight the guerillas in their hideouts in Chhattisgarh and other states in the coming days, a Home Ministry official said.
The chief ministers of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have been invited to take part in the crucial meeting.
District magistrates and superintendents of police of 35 of the worst-hit Naxalite-affected districts, along with heads of paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies, will attend the meeting.
It is expected to stress on revamping the intelligence gathering mechanism, meticulous analysis of ongoing operations, identifying problem areas and seeking solutions for better results.
On top of the agenda will be the issue of re-calibrating the anti-Naxal strategy to make it more effective and to minimise casualties, the official said.
The home minister has told the security officials to look for out-of-the box solutions to the problem of successive attacks by Naxalites when security personnel oversee road repair or development work in the troubled areas.
Road construction and other development activities in the affected areas will also be discussed. The chief ministers may endorse an alternative modern technology which would help with the speedy completion of projects.
Home Ministry officials said currently 90 per cent of Maoist activities were limited to 35 districts, though they have a hold over pockets in 68 districts in 10 states.
According to a report by the Indian Express, among the issues that will be discussed in the meeting are -- an increase in the number of flying hours for the Indian Air Force (IAF), commando training by the Army for the state's District Reserve Guard (DRG), use of India Reserve Battalions (IRBs) instead of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for road-opening duties, and more joint command-and-control centres.
(With PTI inputs)