Monday, April 25, 2005

"Naxal problem has not acquired dangerous proportions in Ktk"

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today told the Karnataka Government not to project the naxal problem in the state in such a fashion that it "creates a fear psychosis".

The naxal problem in Karnataka had not acquired dangerous proportions, and it's not "difficult" to deal with it unlike some other states, he said at a meeting convened by the state government to discuss the problem.

But, he said, the policies being adopted by the state government in tackling the problem were correct.

Patil said conducting elections "does solve the problem of terrorism". In this context, he cited the examples of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

"Elections have reduced the problem of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir", he said.

The meet was attended by Ministers, representatives of political parties besides civil rights and social activists.

Heated arguments were witnessed at the meeting between BJP leaders B S Yediyurappa and D H Shankaramurthy and CPI(M) MLA Srirama Reddy.

While the BJP leaders objected to the circulation of a memorandum which they dubbed as "anti-BJP," the CPI(M) member took exception to the "language" they used before Patil interrupted to restore order.

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RG said...

Naxals in rocket test stage

Hyderabad, April 25: Director General of Police Mr Swaranjit Sen said that Maoists are in the experimental stage of using rocket launchers made with crude technology. “Maoists tried to attack the.Obuladevarcheru police station in Anantapur by using a rocket launcher recently. Actually, they aimed the rocket launcher at a spot near the police station, so that it would blow up and take the police station with it,” said Mr Sen.

While exhibiting the huge haul of weapons seized from Maoist dumps in Nallamala forests including crude rocket launchers, Mr Sen said that the technology Maoists had is only in the nascent stage. Weapons like rocket launchers in the hands of semi-trained Maoists will prove fatal to them because it could blow up in their face, he added. The DGP said, “It’s a very raw way of launching a rocket. As the tip of the propelling missile-like object hits a hard surface it detonates the blast material leading to an explosion.”

“The Maoists’ rocket launcher can reach only 30 to 40 yards,” said Mr Sen to underline just how crudely fashioned the latest weaponry in the Maoists’ armour is. “Our moral policing strategy has yielded results. Evidence of it is that surrenders have increased recently. We have also found many dumps and seized 45 weapons in 45 days,” the top cop said.

He attributed this huge haul of weapons in the Maoists’ armoury to heavy procurement during the peace process when talks were being held between the State government and the Naxalites. The weaponry was seized from Nallamala area in Prakasham, Kurnool districts and Anantapur districts. “There is a strong feeling that the weapons are from the North East and Nepal. But most of those seized are locally made and very unsafe,” he said. Asked if there was also a link between Rayalaseema factionists and Naxals, he said “There is no direct connection as such. But Naxals are using the local talent among faction followers in making weapons.”

However, Rayalaseema Inspector General of Police R. P. Meena said that the erstwhile ROC, a Naxal outfit, had links with factionists. Commenting on the outcome of the recent CMs’ conference on the Naxal issue, Sen said, “The Centre agreed to all our proposals to fight the problem. They have promised to give Indian Reserve Police Battalions. Though they are not giving choppers, they said that they would pay for helicopters. A joint effort between the Centre and the State can yield good results.”