Friday, April 10, 2009

Chalk out plan to tackle Naxal threat, says Chavan

Surendra GanganFriday, April 10, 2009 3:16 IST Email

Mumbai: Increased Naxalite activities, communal tension in seven to eight districts and threat perception to the VIPs participating in the election campaigns have put security agencies on high alert.

Based on fresh intelligence reports, chief minister Ashok Chavan directed the home department to chalk out an action plan on immediate basis.

During the review meeting held with the top home department and police officials on Thursday at Mantralaya, serious law and order situation was clearly anticipated in the wake of the LS elections. Chavan was told that the Naxal activities in pockets of Vidarbha had gone up tremendously. Also they have issued open threats of disrupting the LS election scheduled next week in the region.

"Eighteen policemen and 16 civilians have been killed in 12 Naxal attacks in last three months. We need tight security to ensure that the elections can be carried out peacefully. Apart from the support from Chhatisgarh, the Naxalites are believed to be assisted by their counterparts from Sri Lanka and Nepal," a top official told Chavan during the meeting.

The state government demanded four helicopters and four battalions of central security agencies to be used for the election in Naxal-infested areas. Chavan also asked the home department to seek the Army's help if needed. "An action plan should be immediately chalked out and followed rigorously to ensure elections are conducted peacefully," he told the officials

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