Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Chhattisgarh likely to ban CPI-Maoist

Raipur: Taking a cue from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the Chhattisgarh government is also contemplating a ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and its frontal organisations.

"The CPI-Maoist and its frontal organisations are already banned in Chhattisgarh under various laws of the central government, but for wiping out terrorism the state will move a legislation in the state assembly for an Andhra-type ban," said Home Minister Ramvichar Netam.

"There are several loopholes in the central laws and we should have our own comprehensive Naxal policy to give more power to forces deployed in Maoist areas," Netam told IANS.

The government would try to bring in the legislation by March next year in the budget session of the assembly.

The minister disclosed that the state government would soon put in a demand for two more Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalions to be deployed in Maoist stronghold areas.

One CRPF battalion was moved from Surguja district to Andhra Pradesh last week, a day after Hyderabad re-imposed its ban on the CPI-Maoist following the Independence Day killing of a Congress legislator and eight others.

Chhattisgarh has declared eight districts of the total 16 as Maoist 'infested'.

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