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Action plan to go beyond worst-affected districts

The final draft of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for development of Maoist-hit districts will be ready in the next few days, Home Minister P Chidambaram told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. HT reports.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2010 23:47 IST
HT Correspondents

The final draft of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for development of Maoist-hit districts will be ready in the next few days, Home Minister P Chidambaram told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The Union home minister said development was part of the government's two-pronged strategy to deal with the rebels.

The Planning Commission has been asked to enlarge the scope of the IAP to cover most of the 83 Naxal-affected districts in seven states, Chidambaram said during Question Hour.

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had last month indicated that the IAP might include a Rs 13,742-crore financial package for the 35 worst-hit districts.

Chidambaram added that the IAP would apply to districts other than the 35 worst affected ones.

He said there was no evidence to suggest Naxalites were receiving money from abroad. But "there is evidence that the weapons are being smuggled from abroad... from across Myanmar border and from across Bangladesh border".

"These are porous borders," he said.

The minister said a unified command would be set up in Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. Chhattisgarh already has such a command.

5 dead in Jharkhand
Maoists have killed five lives in Giridih through a landmine blast on a cash-carrying van.

The van belonged to the Security and Intelligence Services, a private security organisation that transports money for nationalised banks to various branches.

The blast, which occurred at around 7 pm on Tuesday on a culvert, killed five SIS men including the driver.

The dead were Rajesh Kumar (25), cashier; Chhotu Oraon (24), driver; Surya Nath Singh (42), security person; Dudheshwar Rai (43), security person; and Akhileshwar (30), whose status in SIS could not be ascertained.

The bodies of the deceased were blown to pieces and the van turned into mangled scrap.

The police reached the spot in the morning on Wednesday, 14 hours after the tragedy.

Giridih (180 km east of Ranchi) Superintendent of Police Amol Venu Homkar, who too visited the spot early on Wednesday, told mediapersons that efforts were on to nab the culprits.

SIS Zonal Manager Upenedra Kumar Singh said the van was going to Ranchi after delivering money at a State Bank of India branch.