Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Naxal threat "under-estimated" for many years: HM

New Delhi, July 15 (PTI) With Maoists striking at will, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the Naxal threat was "under-estimated" for many years and that the Centre was preparing to take on the "grave challenge" posed by the ultras.

Replying to questions in Rajya Sabha, Chidambaram said a military advisor has been appointed to prepare an action plan.

He also said a joint action plan was being drawn up with Naxal-affected states like Orissa and Chattishgarh.

"Regrettably 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.

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

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