Thursday, May 11, 2006

DGP: Gear up to combat Naxals

HT Correspondent
Lucknow, May 10

IN VIEW of the increase in Naxalite activities in Chhattisgarh and other adjoining states, DGP Bua Singh today directed the police officers to ready the police force in the three Naxal-affected districts of Mirzapur, Sonebhadra and Chandauli. He also stressed on improving the intelligence network, which at present is not up to the mark.

Reviewing the situation here on Wednesday, the DGP said that joint operations with the security forces of other states should also be expedited to keep mounting pressure on the gun-toting Left wing ultras and their interaction with the Nepali Maoists should be monitored.

When the district police chiefs from the affected areas highlighted the infrastructural problems in tackling the menace, the DGP, assuring help to solve their problems, said proper communication facilities should be provided to each police station and outposts in remote regions.

He said during patrolling, the security forces should be fully equipped with communication gadgets and be in constant touch with the base station.

Hardcore Naxalites should be targeted during the operation, he said.
ADG (law and order) Padman Singh, ADG (Intelligence) DR Nagar, IG CRPF Karamvir Singh, IG PAC Shailja Kant and other senior officers of districts and zones attended the meeting.

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