Describing the situation in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli region where 18 policemen were killed by Maoiststs on Thursday as "warlike," Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday said "we won't be cowed down by the attack"
"It is a war-like situation... we are committed to fighting the naxals and we won't be cowed down," Chavan said reacting to the latest killing of policemen by Naxals.
Asked if the state government would seek Indian Air Force cover to tackle naxals, Chavan said "we will do whatever is required."
Pointing out that naxal menace was a common problem faced by Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, Chavan said "this is an inter-state issue and will have to be tackled accordingly."
Asked if he would seek the central government's help, Chavan said "we will need the Centre's help to tackle the problem."
The morale of our police is "very high", the Chief Minister said, adding the government was committed to rooting out the naxal menace.