To rein in the red terror and systematically implement the country’s first ever anti-Naxal plan, the Union home ministry has posted the Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) Special Director General Vijay Raman at Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh.
Raman, a 1975-batch IPS officer, will coordinate the deployment of paramilitary forces with the director general of police of all Naxal-affected states and jointly carrying out operations with them.
He will report to the CRPF Director General A.S. Gill.
Confirming the decision, the CRPF DG said: “Raman has been made the Task Force Commander, who will be the in-charge of the special Naxal operations. The government is taking all necessary steps to launch an effective operation against the Naxals.”
A Madhya Pradesh cadre officer, the 58-year-old shot into limelight after he nabbed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad’s
commander Ghazi Baba in Kashmir in 2003.
“If they (Naxalites) take us as enemies, it’s fine... we’ll deal with them accordingly. But we don’t consider them as our enemy,” Raman told HT.
While seven states, including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra are badly hit by the Naxal problem, a home ministry estimate suggests that the Left Wing Extremists have their influence in nearly 20 states in the country.
As part of the comprehensive plan, the Union government has decided to involve other paramilitary forces like the Border Security Force and Indo-Tibet Border Force along with the CRPF to tackle the Naxal menace.