Joint combing operations, common information network and sharing of intelligence are part of the strategy to combat the red menace.
Police chiefs and Home Department officials in five Naxalite-hit states — Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Maharashtra met on Monday.
It was decided that there should be a common information pool and an easy access to Naxalite intelligence across borders.
“The Naxalite problem in Vidarbha is largely a spill-over effect because of geographical contiguity with Maoist-affected districts in both Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The Naxalites don’t recognise borders, all the more reason for us to work out common strategy,” said a senior home department official.
Since January, there have been reports over CPI-Maoist Central Committee decision to strengthen the outfit’s influence in Maharashtra by merging its state operations with the stronger Dandkaranya Committee, active in AP and Chhattisgarh.
That’s one of the reasons that Home Minister Jayant Patil has decided to set up an elite force to combat Naxalites on the lines of AP’s Greyhound force, a commando unit trained in jungle warfare.
“There will be regular meetings between these five states to improve coordination and information sharing to combat Naxalites. We can’t always share intelligence through the Centre,” said Patil.
Home Department has decided to focus on strengthening its local police force. An additional SP post would be created for Gadchiroli, Gondia region to handle just the Naxalites.