Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Military advisor to prepare anti-Naxal plan: PC

Updated on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 16:30 IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Alarmed by the apparent failure of the state machinery to tackle Naxalites, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday admitted that the government had failed in curbing Naxal menace in the country.

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Chidambaram said the government had failed in assessing the threat posed by the Maoists, adding it also failed to tackle them with the seriousness they deserve.

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

"Regretably for many years we did not properly assess the threat posed by Left-wing extremism. We under-estimated the challenge and in the meanwhile they (Naxalites) extended their influence," he said.

Chidambaram further informed that a military advisor has been appointed to prepare an action plan for dealing with Maoists.

He told Rajya Sabha that a joint action plan was being drawn up with Naxal-affected states like Orissa and Chattishgarh.

"Plans are being drawn up in close consultation with state governments ... we have also appointed a military advisor (for inputs on dealing with Left-wing extremism)," he said.

The Home Minister said he was in close touch with chief ministers of the Naxal-affected states and would hold a meeting with them in August to discuss ways to counter Left-wing extremism.

State-level plans are being drawn so that they can be integrated with the Centre's plan, he said.

In fact, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also termed Naxalism as the biggest threat facing the country.

What clearly has set the alarm bells ringing in Delhi is the impunity with which Naxals are carrying out attacks on high-value targets.

It clearly points to a change in tactics by the Naxalites, who are now not shying away from coming out of their jungle hideouts and attack the visible symbols of the state. The first causality being the police force as they are now being increasingly targeted by the Left-wing guerrillas.

Also, the brazenness with which the Naxals carried out one of their biggest attacks killing at least 36 policemen including a Superintendent of Police in Chhattisgarh this week has left the security establishment shaken.

Naxals had also in big way disrupted the first phase of this year’s Lok Sabha elections.

They had also taken over Lalgarh and surrounding areas in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district. The Centre had to rush forces there and launch a special operation to clear the areas of the Maoists.

Amidst all this, the Centre had last month banned the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and ruled out any direct talks with the ultras.

Naxals are mainly active in states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal and Maharashtra. Their main source of revenue is extortion from contractors, businessmen, industrialists and transporters.

In Chhattisgarh, an anti-Naxalite movement, Salwa Judum is underway to deal with the menace. It started out in 2005 as a "supposed civilian movement amongst the tribals of the region", but later evolved into a state-funded militia as a counter-insurgency strategy to bring the area dominated by Naxals back under government control.

1 comment:

LT Col.Rajinder singh shekhawat said...

Govt must recruit local & train a force of naxal infested areas to fight the LWE.
Territorial Army Battallion must be raised,especially HOME & HEARTH battallion as raised in JAMMU & KASHMIR,& in NORTH EAST.doing extremely better than RR battallion.in these militancy effected states.The surrendered NAXAL can be areliable source for significant Intellegence Input for anti LWE operations.The state govt of naxal effected area must demand raising of TERRITORIAL ARMY units in their respective states