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Govt draws action plan to counter Maoists

india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 22:06 IST
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The central government has drawn up an elaborate action plan to counter Maoist violence in the country.

"The violence in all the 13 Maoist-affected states has gone down in the past seven months. So we have decided to train our forces in jungle warfare for better operations against the Maoists," Home Secretary VK Duggal told reporters after a coordination committee meeting on the Maoist menace, attended by chief secretaries and the director generals of police (DGP) of these states.

"It was also decided to strengthen the anti-Naxal desk in the ministry. We have decided to inject senior police officials who are trained in jungle warfare and mine detection," Duggal said.

"These officers will visit affected areas and work as eyes and ears of the government. They will also keep a check on the plans that are being made with the help of the state governments and how they are being implemented."

Duggal said one inspector general (IG) and two deputy inspectors generals would be entrusted with the charge of visiting these states.

He said unmanned aerial vehicles would be used to locate training camps of Maoists and monitor their movement so that counter operations could be planned by security agencies.

"We would provide intelligence inputs to the state governments to carry out operations against the Maoists."

According to him, apart from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, Maoist violence has gone down.

"There is a sense of hope that things are moving in the right direction and this problem will be solved," he said.

"We will provide training for personnel in jungle warfare as we have been able to control the Maoist problem considerably in our state," said Andhra Pradesh DGP Swaranjit Sen.