Centre wakes up to Naxal terror
The Union home ministry has drafted an elaborate blueprint to protect railway properties from naxal attack. The strategy chalked out at a high-level meeting chaired by home secretary VK Duggal, on Wednesday, has been necessitated by the recent spate of attacks by naxals on railways. The naxals had hijacked a passenger train in Latihar, Jharkhand, some time back and had earlier blown up an engine in Chhattisgarh.
Duggal said the ministry had specific intelligence that naxal groups were planning fresh attacks on railway properties. “But we have worked out an elaborate foolproof plan in co-ordination with the railway ministry and the states to avoid any further strikes.”
According to sources, states where railways were considered a “soft target” are Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Orissa.
In a significant move, the government has decided to increase the strength of the RPF deployment in Naxal-infested areas. Both the CRPF and CISF will also be roped in to protect railway property.
The MHA has also decided to provide specialised training to the RPF personnel for anti-naxal operations. The training will be provided at various centres managed by CRPF, BSF and even the Army.