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Strategy changes would fight Naxals

Ejaz Kaiser  Raipur, March 17, 2007
First Published: 03:00 IST(17/3/2007) | Last Updated: 03:06 IST(17/3/2007)

The ruling BJP government has decided to bring forth fundamental changes in its strategy to counter the Naxal menace in Chhattisgarh.

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Replying to the Call-attention notice on Ranibodli massacre given by the Leader of Opposition Mahendra Karma and other Congress MLAs in the Assembly on Friday, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that a committee would soon be constituted comprising of three noted experts from across the country that will furnish suggestions to the state government in affecting changes in the policy to deal with the Maoists. The names of the experts are to be finalised shortly.

Singh affirmed that the state government would fully comply with the recommendations of the proposed committee to boost up strategy besides follow every other guidelines needed to strengthen police force. To ensure the compliance of recommendations given by the three-member committee a separate high-power committee would also be constituted, Singh added.

"It appears that Naxalites are particularly targeting Chhattisgarh state and trying their best to derail the Salwa Judum movement," the chief minister said. He said that whether it is the Errabore massacre or the killings of policemen at Ranibodli, a perceptible change has emerged in the tactics adopted by the Maoists. Though he claimed that the police force are being specifically trained to deal with the Naxal menace and around 70 per cent of the forces are mentally prepared to deal with the ultras, but a greater need to bring forth a fundamental change in the strategy to deal with Naxalism is now felt.


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