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Home Ministry burns midnight oil to counter Maoists

india Updated: Apr 19, 2009 10:14 IST

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Stung by series of naxal attacks during the first phase of polls, the central government is working on a new model to tackle left wing extremism which includes intelligence machinery and air support.

Officials in the Union Home Ministry were seen working overtime to put up a brave face after a series of attacks last week that left 29 securitymen dead in four states -- Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa.

The lack of air power in case of emergency also came in for discussion and it was agreed that services of Indian Air Force would be sought in evacuation of personnel, official sources said.

Lack of intelligence in Naxal-hit areas was discussed during which the proposal submitted by former Director General of CRPF V K Joshi, seeking a separate spy wing for forces, was in-principle given a nod.

They said the effort is to match the naxal strategy of having surprise element in counter-offensive operations besides stress on local intelligence gathering mechanism.

The forces have identified intelligence failure, over stretched deployment and new naxal strategy as the reasons for losing so many of its men.