Friday, July 17, 2009

Chidambaram meets chiefs of paramilitary forces

New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) As the government is drawing up plans to launch a major offensive against the Maoists, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today held meetings with chiefs of two paramilitary forces -- CRPF and BSF -- and discussed their preparedness in the Naxal-affected states.

Home Ministry sources said Chidambaram had separate meetings with Director General of CRPF A S Gill and BSF chief M L Kumawat and discussed with them operational issues of the two forces.

The meetings came two days after Chidambaram's declaration that a joint action plan was being drawn up in the Naxal-affected states.

"Today they (Naxalites) pose a grave challenge ... We are preparing to take on the challenge. Details cannot be disclosed now," he said.

Around 35,000 personnel of CRPF are now engaged in anti-Naxal operations mostly in worst-affected Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar.

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