The state government is considering setting up a special cell at the state police headquarters to coordinate in a better way with the central security forces, district police personnel and intelligence agencies to tackle Naxal menace.
The move assumes significance in the wake of Centre’s recent directive in connection with strategic deployment of central para-military force personnel in naxal-affected districts and their use in operations against ultras.
A meeting of senior police officials of naxal-affected states was held in New Delhi in December last to chalk out strategy to deal with the left wing ultras, who, of late, have intensified attacks on security personnel and public property in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa.
The meeting stressed the need of strategic deployment of security forces by the respective state governments in naxal-hit areas and strengthening intelligence network. It also felt the need to strengthen coordination among intelligence agencies and security personnel.
“At present, there is a team of police officials at the police headquarters to monitor operations against naxalites. But a special cell is required in the wake of increasing pressure from the Centre to effectively deal with the naxal menace,” said a senior police officer associated with anti-naxal wing.
The cell would not only monitor deployment of security forces in naxal-affected areas, but also oversee disturbances in execution of development work being carried out in the worst-hit areas.
“The officials associated with the cell will coordinate with intelligence agencies to gather more authentic information about the activities of the ultras,” the officer said, adding that the recent seizure of huge explosives and arrest of suppliers was fallout of coordination between state and central intelligence agencies.
At present, 24 units of the special task force have been engaged in carrying out raids against naxals in the state. The special auxiliary police and the central paramilitary force personnel also assist the state police in the operation against ultras.