Friday, August 07, 2009

Indian extreme left-wing rebels acquiring equipment to blow roads 2009-08-07 19:21:51 Print

NEW DELHI, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- India's extreme left-wing rebels are acquiring equipment and boring machines that can dig up well-laid roads so that security forces are not able to get close to the areas where they operate from, said government sources on Friday.

Last year, the Home Ministry drew up the road construction plan with a view to enabling security forces to penetrate deep into the areas where the rebels, also known as Naxalites, operate from within short notice.

After they became aware that the government has sanctioned funds for developing roads and other infrastructure in states where they operate from, the Naxalite groups from various states made a decision to acquire equipment and boring machines, top level sources in the Home Ministry revealed.

The Naxalites have already acquired some of the machines and plan to get them in thousands. The plan will be executed after police and paramilitary forces leave the areas where roads will be constructed, said the sources.

The Home Ministry has already alerted the states to take adequate steps to ensure that Naxalites do not succeed in their plans.

It has also offered as much financial help and other facilities that they may need both during the time of construction and also after that.

Even during the road construction done under the "Pradhan Mantri's Gramin Sadak Yojana", a part of which was completed from last year to June this year, Naxalites had reportedly thought of the same scheme, but shortage of funds is believed to have desisted them from making such a move.

Editor: Bi Mingxin

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