Choke Financial Resources Of LWE Groups To Counter Maoist Violence: Rajnath Singh

Posted May 09, 2017

Today's meeting comes in the backdrop of the April 24 ambush in Burkapal in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district in which 25 CRPF personnel were killed by Naxals.

Singh elaborated each part of this doctrine, laying stress on bringing aggression in the policy - aggression in thinking, in strategy, in deployment of forces, in operations, in development and in road construction - instead of reacting only after heinous incidents.

The Centre on Monday outlined the need for an aggressive and proactive strategy to counter Naxal insurgency.

Later briefing media, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said, the Home Ministry will set up a committee to maintain coordination between Central Paramilitary Forces and State police forces in Left Wing Extremism affected states.

Referring to the use of some cutting edge technologies, Singh said now the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is sub-optimal which needs to be augmented both by numbers and by use in the right place.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday claimed as many as 12,000 people had lost their lives to Maoist attacks over the past 20 years.

Talking about the welfare of securitymen deployed in Naxal-affected areas, who often face fatigue and stress, the home minister said it was important that their camps have better facilities for power, water and mobile phone connectivity.

"I am convinced that the martyrdom of our security forces will not go in vain".

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Rajnath Singh asked the states to take the ownership of Maoist operations and that the paramilitary forces should cooperate with them fully.

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.

Other technologies being considered include high resolution PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, hand-held thermal imaging, radar, satellite imaging etc.

The cadre officers of the CRPF, the leading anti-Naxal central force in the country, are made to lead the operations without effective supervision from their IPS bosses.

Singh said trackers should also be embedded in shoes, bullet-proof jackets besides others.

Singh had termed the attack as direct "challenge to the government" and vowed to hunt down the attackers.

Ahead of the crucial meeting, the strategic command headquarters of CRPF's anti-Naxal operations was shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur on Sunday. Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were represented by ministers and West Bengal and Telangana by their chief secretary and DGP.

The meeting will discuss operational issues like the role of states in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) operations, raising, employment and deployment of India Reserve (IR) battalions by recruiting local youth and Special India Reserve Battalion (SIRB), capacity building and intelligence issues like vacancies in state police forces, besides capacity building of state intelligence units.