Monday, February 08, 2010

Centre, states not one in tackling Naxals

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JOINING HANDS? Home Minister P Chidambaram speaks with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in New Delhi.
New Delhi: Centre and states affected by the Naxal menace are talking tough and getting ready to act against the rebels. But Naxals show no sign of backing off and have intensified their attack on government property during the three-day bandh call given by them in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa.
On Sunday the top political leadership of the country got together to discuss internal security including Naxal menace.
While the government was preparing its blueprint to tackle the Naxals, they blew up the main railway line to Howrah on the Jhaja-Jasidih section of the East Central Railway in Bihar's Jamui district just hours into to the three-day bandh call.
In New Delhi Union Home Minister P Chidambaram warned that Naxal menace would only grow in the coming days.
"Naxalism remain a big threat to our nation. The numbers of deaths among civilians and security personals have increased and this trend will go up in 2010," said Chidambaram.
With the graph of Naxal violence expected to rise, the Union Government is planning a coordinated attack called Operation Green Hunt in Naxal-afflicted states.
The Prime Minister though has added just a note of caution.
"Naxals continue to target vital installations. Centre and the state need to put up a fight to tackle the menace in a manner that it does not alienate the tribal population," said Manmohan Singh.
Now all eyes are on the Kolkata meet slated for February 9 when chief minister's of four Naxal affected states would mee
New Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren, who is being seen to be soft on Naxals, too is expected to attend.
"We have Naxal problem in Jharkhand. We will put pressure on Naxals. If they don't understand through talks then we will try something else," Soren has said.
With political consensus eluding and violence escalating there is more that the Centre and states will have to do to tackle the biggest threat to internal security.

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