Friday, May 22, 2009

MHA plans multi-pronged offensive against Naxals

New Delhi, May 20 (PTI) Stung by spate of Naxal attacks during the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls, the Home Ministry is gearing up to launch a multi-pronged offensive against Left-wing extremists through joint operations with state police forces.
The Ministry has asked Naxal-affected states, especially Chhattisgarh, to increase presence of its state police along with the para-military forces during all combing and counter-offensive operations against the Left-wing extremists.

This follows complaints from central para-military forces that presence of state police, particularly in Chhattisgarh, was nil or minimum, official sources said.

An analysis of the recent attacks during polls, in which 32 central police personnel were killed, showed that central forces did not follow Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs).

The central forces like the CISF and the CRPF are also working on new SOPs to be followed in Naxal-infested areas.

Sources in the Home Ministry said six to seven months have been set for the results of the new policies, which would be put in place within a month of the formation of the new government.

Besides greater coordination between paramilitary forces and the state police, civil society's involvement in countering Naxal propaganda form a part of a strategy. PTI

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