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Centre for better troop preparation to take on Maoist

The home ministry on Monday stressed on preparing the paramilitary forces deployed in Naxal-affected areas to fight the increased capabilities of the Maoists.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2010 23:40 IST
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The home ministry on Monday stressed on preparing the paramilitary forces deployed in Naxal-affected areas to fight the increased capabilities of the Maoists.

The ministry will wait for the one-man panel comprising former BSF director general EN Rammohan’s report before fine-tuning its anti-Naxal strategy.

But, officials said, the ministry and the paramilitary forces were discussing the points that needed to be taken care of.

“They have become a much larger and militarised force. The security forces too need to recognise this and take the necessary measures,” a senior police officer later said.

For one, the infrastructure at the camps of central security forces came up for discussion at a meeting convened by Home Secretary GK Pillai. Sources hinted the meeting took note of the level of security as well as the infrastructure provided by the state governments into consideration.

At the chief ministers conference, various states had promised to take care of the living conditions of the central force personnel. “It was decided to pick up this aspect for a rigorous follow-up with the states,” a home ministry official said.

It was also pointed out at the meeting that central security forces should lead the operation only in bi-junctions and tri-junctions where it was posted as part of the centrally coordinated drive to clear the area of Naxals.

Complaint against Roy

A social activist has sought investigation and action against noted writer Arundhati Roy for allegedly defending the activities of the Maoists in her 30-page write-up published in a news magazine recently.

Biswajeet Mitra lodged a complaint with the police alleging that her essay Walking with the comrade in the March 29th issue of the magazine was aimed to eulogise the Maoists.

In Kishenji’s name

The legend of Kishenji seems to have become a tool to settle scores in East Singhbhum district.

The deputy commissioner's office here received a complaint from a villager in March, alleging that certain villagers had encroached government land and built a house in Rasunchopa village. The villagers reportedly claimed that it was Koteswar Rao, alias Kishenji, the CPI (Maoist) leader whose order empowered them to take over the government land.

Sub-divisional officer Kartik Kumar Prabhat ordered Potka circle officer Sanjay Shandil to begin a probe into the incident.

Shandil said, “We found that Bhabesh Mandal (the complainant) wrongly involved Kishenji’s name and his allegation of construction on land marked for government road was also false.”