Friday, December 14, 2007

Synergy must to tame Naxalism: Task Force

Friday December 14 2007 08:26 IST

BHUBANESWAR: The Task Force on Naxalites on Thursday underscored the need for more synergy between the affected States and the Centre to effectively deal with left wing extremism which has spread to more areas in the country.

There was, however, no commitment from the Centre to the demands of the states for deployment of more CRPF personnel.

Instead, the States were asked to fill up the vacancies in different ranks of police administration.

The Task Force meeting was presided over by ML Kumawat, special secretary internal security in the Home Ministry.

Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, Kumawat stressed that the synergy required in all fields including development works and security aspects.

The meeting took stock of security preparedness as well as intelligence gathering network in all the affected States.

Nodal officers on Naxalites and intelligence representatives from nine States – Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal – attended the meeting.

Expressing satisfaction over the security preparedness in the states, Kumawat hoped that the problem will be finished one day if development works get a boost in these areas as well.

Naxalite violence, Kumawat said, has considerably gone down in the recent times.

In Orissa also these incidents have come down significantly as is evident from only two deaths of security personnel last year in Naxalite violence, he pointed out.

He refuted claims that in some areas of the States the Naxalites run a parallel administration. “The State is mighty and democratically elected governments can never be wished away like that”, he said.

DGP Gopal Chandra Nanda said the anti-Naxalite operations have been effective in Orissa as more and more ultras are surrendering.

He described the mine blast in Malkangiri district in which five special operations group (SOG) jawans were injured as a minor incident.

Kumawat and senior officials will review the anti-Naxalite training programmes in the nine states on Friday.

However, despite the optimism expressed by Kumawat, the number of deaths in Naxalite violence has increased.

Official sources said that till October 31, in 91 districts of 395 police station limits, there were 1,285 Naxalite related incidents with 571 casualties during last year. The number of casualties this year has gone up to 671.

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