Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Naxal-affected states plan joint strategy to tackle menace

Mumbai (PTI): Top functionaries from Maharashtra and four other Naxal-affected states on Monday came together to plan a joint strategy for countering the menace.

The meeting, convened by state Home Minister Jayant Patil, came in the wake of last month's Naxal attack in Gachiroli which claimed the lives of 16 policemen.

"The meeting dwelt on exchange of information and Intelligence inputs among the states," Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar told PTI.

"It was also decided to launch joint operations against Naxals who operate in the border areas of states like Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh," Iyengar said.

Representatives from Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh attended the meeting, she said.

The Naxal-affected states have come together to launch a joint strategy against the Naxal menace, Iyengar said.

The meeting, held at the state government's 'Sahyadri' guest house in south Mumbai also saw presentations by senior police officials of these states outlining the spread of the Naxal menace and ways planned to counter the Naxal threat, she said.

The Maharashtra government had recently announced relocating of the anti-Naxal force headquarters from Nagpur to Gadchiroli for tackling the threat effectively.

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