dglobalnews.com Rajnath calls for 'unity of purpose' to tackle Naxals
Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
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Rajnath calls for 'unity of purpose' to tackle Naxals

Rajnath calls for 'unity of purpose' to tackle Naxals

Declaring an all out war, Singh stressed on "unity of purpose" and spoke of unified coordination and command to counter left wing extremism.

The meeting, sources said, discussed how the strategy could be recaliberated to make it more effective and to reduce casualties among security personnel. Maintaining that the solution to the Naxal problem did not lie in any "silver bullet", Singh said everyone must analyse the current strategy, thinking, preparation and resources.

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

The Home Minister also expressed sadness over the loss of as many as 12,000 lives due to Maoist violence in last 20 years.

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

In a sign of things to come, the Centre today underlined the need to have "aggression" in the battle against left-wing extremism (LWE) in the country and stated that the state governments should take the ownership of anti-Naxal operations. Stating that the "whole country is agitated" post-Sukma attack, Singh said that he was "concerned but not perturbed" by this attack.

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Trackers in weapons and biometrics in smart guns are some of the new technology that the security forces fighting the Naxals may adopt soon to check use oflooted arms by the guerrillas.

Rajnath Singh also emphasised on finding mechanisms of detecting these incidents before they happen. "We need to use high-resolution PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, hand-held thermal imaging, radar and satellite imaging", he said.

He said, the forces on the ground level should not lack leadership and unity of goal and unity of action are essential for the success of operations. The force has already shifted its anti-Naxal ops command centre from Kolkata to Raipur to further strengthen its operations in the state.

Issues like role of states in assisting paramilitary forces in their operations, raising and employment of India Reserve Battalions and Special India Reserve Battalion were expected to be part of the discussion, the statement said.

The central zone, an operational field formation, was set up on August 7, 2009, and was tasked with the responsibility of deployment of CRPF troops in the entire "red belt" of states hit by Naxalite violence including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Singh asserted that the extremists claimed to work for welfare of the neglected people in the remote areas but they are actually anti-development as they target not only the security forces but also public property like roads, culverts, railway tracks, electricity assets and telephone towers, hospitals and schools.

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