Thursday, August 25, 2005

Police chief differs with CM

[ WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2005 11:18:51 PM ]

BANGALORE: There is no ban on any Naxal organisation in the state as on today and the police are not aware of such a ban and have not sent any proposal to the government in this regard.
This comes from the state police chief B.N.P. Albuquerque two days after chief minister N Dharam Singh made a statement in Gulbarga that his government had banned Naxal organisations taking a cue from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

"We have not sent any proposal seeking a ban on Naxal organisations to the government. The state intelligence, which works under the CM directly, might have sent it and we are not informed about it,"the DGP who is the head of the police force which fights Naxals said.

Albuquerque, who is set to retire by the end of August, added "there is no question of banning them, they (Naxalites) are in a constant state of conflict with the government and we are after them."

There is no influx of Naxalites into the state from Andhra Pradesh after a ban was imposed on them there. It may take place once the Andhra Pradesh police exert pressure on them (Naxalites), the DGP felt.

Stating that the intelligence gathering network was being strengthened, the DGP admitted that it was a lapse on their part for not nipping a conspiracy hatched at Gurmitkal in Gulbarga, to kill an MLA from Andhra Pradesh. After the MLA was killed in AP, the police learnt that MLA’s killers were in Gurmitkal planning the operation.
Anti-Naxalite force is active in Malnad area and other districts bordering with Andhra Pradesh and a special force is being raised for this, consisting of KSRP ADGP A R Infant. Personnel have been selected and they are being trained specifically to handle Maoists, he added.

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