Friday, December 09, 2005

26 battalions for Naxal-hit states


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 8 In order to tackle terrorist and extremist violence, more battalions are being raised to help states, and the task of increasing the number of men and officers was being addressed by the Centre, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said.

During a discussion on internal security in the Lok Sabha Patil said that Naxal affected states like Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh would get 26 battalions to help control Naxalite violence. But, he said, the Naxalite problem could only be tackled through land reforms and implementing social legislation.

Patil said in order to modernise their police force, states had been given funds. However, he said, some states had not used the funds. He said lack of local intelligence that could be acted upon was a shortcoming that needed to be rectified.

He said that among the proposals for tackling terrorism, the government was considering installing cameras at major intersections in cities and metros and setting up control rooms. Patil told the House there had been suggestions that law and order should be brought from the state list to the concurrent list, but the government’s position was that the present situation should not be disturbed, unless all or the majority of states supported the proposal.


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