Thursday, June 18, 2009

Functional autonomy to central forces in Lalgarh

June 18,2009 Print
Source: PTI
Functional autonomy to central forces in Lalgarh

New Delhi, June 18 (PTI) In order to maintain synergy in its operation against Naxals at Lalgarh, central paramilitary forces dispatched to the trouble-torn area have been given"functional autonomy"and were working in coordination with the Centre.

The functional autonomy has been given in consultation with the state government as the situation in Lalgarh area continued to be tense, a Home Ministry official said.

The decision was taken as some parts of Jharkhand and Orissa need to be covered as the Naxals may flee to these areas after security forces mounted pressure on them.

Taking a serious view of Maoists controlling the places in West Midnapore district and its adjoining areas, the Home Ministry directed the forces to deal with any situation arising there in close coordination with the state authorities, the official said.

"Since we consider the situation as serious, the forces are being given functional autonomy,"the official said.

However, the special anti-naxal force CoBRA is yet to be deployed for the operations against the naxals and have been kept

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