Saturday, March 06, 2010

KARNATAKA: 'Naxal strength has come down'

'Naxal strength has come down'

Express News Service
First Published : 05 Mar 2010 05:41:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 05 Mar 2010 08:58:39 AM IST

UDUPI: “Naxalism does not only pertain to law and order, hence the police alone cannot solve it. We should address social and economic problems that are responsible for the menace,” said Director General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh.

After visiting Mairoli, where a naxal was killed in a police encounter recently, the DGP told reporters here on Thursday that it was a tough job for the department.
Praising the professionalism of his men and officers, he announced a cash award for the team.

He claimed that the department has clues on the other two naxals who fled from the scene, but were unaware of their whereabouts.

The operations by the district police and ANF has been successful in checking naxal activities in the districts of Udupi, DK, Shimoga and Chikmagalur.
“Their numbers are reduced.

A recent attempt by them to hold a meeting was also foiled,” Singh said, adding that since two years it was not possible for Naxals to forge relations with people.
“We have given complete information to the Centre on the naxal menace in the state. But the Centre is not declaring it a naxal-hit area.

It could be because our state has less naxals compared to Chattisghar and Andhra Pradesh,” he said.

“To tackle the naxal menace, the government should find solutions to improve the social and economic conditions,” he said.

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