Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Set procedures to combat Naxalism don't work always: DGP

Updated on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 18:40 IST

Raipur: The standard operating procedure of the Union Home Ministry for carrying out combing operations against Naxals cannot be taken as the thumb rule in a "fluid situation", the state's top police official said on Tuesday.

Chhattisgarh govt creates special post to tackle Naxalism"It (anti-Naxal operation) is not a static war. The situation in the war changes and one needs to constantly come with new operating procedures based on the new war front. In fluid situations, new strategies have to be adopted by those on the field," Chhattisgarh Director General of Police Vishwaranjan said.

The state witnessed one of the worst kinds of Naxal violence in the recent history on July 12 when about 30 police officers including an IPS officer were shot down mercilessly by the cadres of CPI (Maoist), a banned terror group in the country.

He said unlike earlier when the Naxals attacked in forests, this time the battle took place in the plains. There are about 10,000 heavily armed Naxals operating in the state who have been instructed by CPI (Maoist) Politburo to step up violence against security forces.

"There are about 8-9 militarised companies of the Naxals operating in the state besides other small formations. In figurative sense, there are about 10,000 Naxals operating the state," he said.

Vishwaranjan said the besides the heavily armed military formations of the left-wing extremists, there are thousands of 'young militia' who act as home guards for the banned organisation and have basic training in arms besides being experts in laying Improvised Explosive Device.

He said literature seized during anti-Naxal operation clearly point to the CPI (Maoist) Politburo asking its members to step up violence.

"There are now clear instructions from the CPI (Maoist) Politburo to step up the violence. The police will fight it out with them," the top police officer, who earlier had a long stint with Intelligence Bureau said.

Pointing out that multi-state coordination is being undertaken to fight Naxals, he said the state will follow the model of Andhra Pardesh and take on the Naxal head-on.

"At one point of time even Andhra Pradesh was lacking in preparations against Naxals. We lost an IPS officer for the first time but AP police has lost many. We will adopt the strategy followed by that state and take on the Naxals head on," he said.

Vishwaranjan said the force is now laying stress on training with the effort being to "make every person of the force" undergo compulsory jungle warfare training.

"The major fight will have to be undertaken by the state police. We will recruit more and impart the best training though the need for central force is always there," he said when asked if the state needed more central forces to tackle Naxalism.

Bureau Report

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