Sunday, February 07, 2010

Karnataka mulling surrender & rehab package for naxals: CM

PTI Sunday, February 7, 2010 16:18 IST

Bangalore: Karnataka government is actively considering offering a surrender and rehabilitation package to naxalites, chief minister BS Yeddyurappa said today.

Addressing the chief ministers' conference on internal security in New Delhi, he said due to the government's concerted and determined efforts, the naxal menace has been kept very much under control in Karnataka.

"Though there were a few incidents of threats and an incident of attack on police by naxals, for the first time in three years no policeman or civilian was killed by naxals", he said in his speech, copy of which was made available here.

Yeddyurappa also said Government was actively considering a proposal to raise a State Industrial Security Force.

The chief minister offered to the Centre appropriate land to set up a national-level police IT research and development centre to use technology more effectively at the cutting edge level in policing for better service delivery.

Yeddyurappa urged the Centre to depute officers to help the state in setting up a full-fledged commando training centre in Karnataka for training and build up capability to tackle the twin threats of naxalism and terrorism.

"In the last few years, it is seen that the enemy forces are concentrating on cities like Bangalore which reflect the growth centres of the country", he said.

Stating that his government has set up a state security commission, Yeddyurappa said the Karnataka high court has been requested to nominate a judge on it.

The chief minister suggested that the government of India scheme for modernisation of police force, which came to an end last year, be continued for another five years with enhanced funds and with identification of more focused areas.

"Training could be one such area", he said.

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