Rajnath calls for 'unity of purpose' to tackle Naxals

DG R R Bhatnagar DG K K Sharma DG Archana Ramasundaram at the meeting of Maoist-hit states in New Delhi on Monday. Renuka Puri

The recent assault on a CRPF road opening party was the deadliest since the April 2010 attack in Dantewada, also in Chhattisgarh, in which 76 personnel were killed.

Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and West Bengal will attend the meeting.

District magistrates and superintendents of police of 35 worst-hit Naxal-affected districts along with heads of paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies are also attending the high-level security meet.

The meeting, sources said, discussed how the strategy could be recaliberated to make it more effective and to reduce casualties among security personnel. The Home Minister also offered the idea of SAMADHAN to counter the naxal problem.

Underlining the importance of infrastructural development in the LWE affected areas, Patnaik stated that the existing mobile towers sanctioned in the first phase of LWE scheme should be replaced with regular trans-receiver units with higher bandwidth and the additional locations identified for the second phase should be equipped with appropriate state-of-the-art technology so that the required goal is served. The CRPF is the country's main anti-Maoist force.

He said the newly formed "Bastaria battalions" comprising local tribal people will be a game-changer in the fight against the Left wing extremists.

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After the order was issued on 4 May, CRPF ADG (central zone) Kuldeep Singh was air-dashed to Raipur and he took charge of the command on Friday.

"Surrendered left wing extremists cadre should be used for intelligence collection to the maximum possible", he said at the meeting being held two weeks after an ambush in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, in which 25 paramilitary personnel were killed. "Unity of objective and Unity of action are essential for success of operations", he said.

Issues related to inter-State coordination, intelligence sharing, setting up of Joint Task Forces for operations along inter-State boundaries were deliberated upon. Maoist rebels quickly move to other states after launching an attack in one.

The home minister called for a strategic and unified command of all states to have a "unity for purpose". "It means S-Smart leadership, A-Aggressive strategy, M-Motivation and training, A-Actionable intelligence, D-Dashboard-based KPIs (key performance indicators) and KRAs (key result areas), H-Harnessing technology, A-Action plan for each theatre, and N-No access to financing", he said.

The meeting will focus on devising new strategies to maintain the momentum achieved in 2016, notwithstanding a couple of incidents, it said.

Chief Minister reiterated that Union Government should not claim reimbursement of expenditure on deployment of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) in LWE affected States since LWE is a national internal security threat and the state governments themselves are investing sizeably from their own meagre resources to contain the menace.

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