Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Hi-tech cop blueprint to combat Maoist

DEBASHIS KONAR , TNN, 2 February 2010, 02:47am IST

KOLKATA: With Union home minister P Chidambaram coming to Kolkata on February 9 to take stock of the anti-Maoist measures adopted in the four neighbouring states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa, officials at Writers' Buildings are preparing a blueprint that stresses the need for hi-tech surveillance to keep track of the Red rebels.

DGP Bhupinder Singh said he is looking for hi-tech gadgets to take on the Maoists. "It is difficult to combat the Maoists in the dense forests. So, we will use the Geographic Information System (GIS) to track them down. We will also use wireless cameras to locate them," said Singh, adding that a concerted move by the states concerned can yield the desired results in the forest areas.

The home ministry has floated a tender to buy special robots fitted with cameras, which would be able to crawl to reach remote areas. If needed, these insectoid robots can be used against the Maoists as well.

The officials are also planning to instal cameras in the forests to keep tabs on the Maoists. The cameras will be put up at vantage points and can transmit footage to the control room. "As cameras can be damaged by the Maoists, we are adopting special measures to protect the equipment," an official said.

The anti-Maoist campaign of the four states envisages heavy deployment of central forces and regular combing operations. Chidambaram wants a consensus among the four chief ministers Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Nitish Kumar, Naveen Patnaik and Shibu Soren to frame a comprehensive strategy. There are also talks of developing an integrated GIS and synchronising it with the Global Positioning System (GPS), which may help such operations.

Police officers are also considering planting microchips in weapons used by cops.

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