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Patil to hold meet of CMs of Naxal-affected states

Before that, a conference of the Chief Secretaries and DGPs would also be held by Home Secretary VK Duggal on March 31.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 16:07 IST
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Home Minister Shivraj Patil will hold a meet of Chief Ministers of 13 states hit by Naxalism to work out a solution.

The decision came in a meeting held in wake of the a major attack by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh on February 28. The conclave will be held in April.

Before that,a conference of the Chief Secretaries and DGPs would also be held byHome Secretary VK Duggal on March 31.

It will aim to chalk out an effective joint strategy involving the Centre and the affected states to deal with the menace.

"We discussed the problem of Naxalism. A Chief Ministers' meeting to discuss the issue will be held in the middle of April, while I will convene a conference of Chief Secretaries and DGPs of the affected states on March 31," Duggal said after the two-and-a-half hour meeting presided over by Patil in Parliament House.

Among others who attended the meeting were Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal, National Security Adviser MK Narayanan, Intelligence Bureau chief ESL Narasimhan, CRPF DG JK Sinha and senior Home Ministry officials.

The states, among others,affected by Naxalism are Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

In one of the worst-ever Naxal violence, 26 villagers were killed and over 50 were injured on February 28 in a landmine blast targeting vehicles carrying people who attended an anti-naxal rally in Dantewada district of Chhatisgarh.