Nitish calls for 'action plans' in Naxal areas
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called for concrete 'action plan' combining development initiatives with strong police action and intelligence gathering to check Maoists' activities in the state.
He was speaking at a meeting with top state officials in the wake of recent Naxal attack in Rohtas, in which nine persons, including five policemen, were killed.
Maintaining that it was the responsibility of the government to ensure safety of its people across the state, including in Naxal-hit areas, he directed the officials to build necessary infrastructure in the extremist-affected areas and equip the police to take on the Naxalites. He said the government has planned to spend Rs 178 crore on police modernisation.
The chief minister's remarks came when a senior official raised the issue of the severe handicaps with which the police worked in the Naxal-hit areas.
Nitish asked the chief secretary to direct the district magistrates to work in tandem with the SPs and look into the basic difficulties. "There is a growing need to accelerate the pace of development in Naxal-infested districts. The problem should be tackled in two ways ie by expediting development programmes and dealing sternly with the insurgents," he added.
A major decision taken at the meeting was to strengthen the intelligence-gathering network of the police and ensure security of police informers. This is part of a three-pronged strategy worked out to curb Naxal violence.
Home Secretary Aqfzal Amanullah and the DGP AR Sinha, who were present at the meeting, said the government would implement the 'Aapki Sarkar Aapke Dwar' in more blocks of Naxal-hit districts. The scheme bundles a number of development initiatives and has been in operation in a number of Naxal-hit blocks of the state with good results so far. They also said that redressal of public grievances would be speeded up.
They, however, declined to reveal details of police strategy against the ultras on grounds of operational necessity but added that the chief minister himself had reviewed everything minutely.