Thursday, June 04, 2009

War like situation in Naxal-infested districts: Patil

Mumbai, June 02: Asserting that a "war like situation" prevailed in the Naxal-infested districts of the state, Maharashtra Government today said it has chalked out a Rs 100 crore strategy to aggressively counter the menace.

"The increase in rise of Naxal attacks on police is a cause of concern. This is no longer a local or social issue. It is a war like situation," Home Minister Jayant Patil said, during a discussion on the recent Maoist strike on police in Gadchiroli district, at the Legislative Assembly here.

Patil said under the strategy the government had made provisions to increase the firepower of the Anti-Naxal Operations cell.

The Anti-Naxal Operations cell will be shifted from Nagpur to Gadchiroli district under a single command of a DIG.

Gadchiroli will be split into two police districts, while the Nagpur range will be divided into Gondia and two police districts of Gadchiroli, he said.

The Home Minister informed the House that State Reserve Police Force will man outposts in order to prevent Naxals from fleeing to neighbouring states after carrying out attacks.

Police fighting Naxals in the remote areas were equipped with state-of-art vehicles and weapons, Patil claimed.

The Home Ministers of all neighbouring states have been invited to participate in a meeting in Mumbai on June 8 to discuss simultaneous combing operations.

The Opposition, however, was not satisfied with the minister's response and staged a walkout.

Bureau Report

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