End defensive policy, go all out against Reds: Rajnath Singh

Randall Padilla
May 9, 2017

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday announced a new committee under the home secretary to revisit the government's policy to tackle Naxalism, while asserting that the problem can not be resolved through "silver bullets" alone, but through an eightpronged approach called "SAMADHAN".

On top of the agenda will be the issue of re-calibrating the anti-Naxal strategy to make it more effective, and to minimise casualties, the official said.

Singh said technology is a force multiplier and many new techniques are also being used in dealing with law and order and the crime.

Highlighting the pro-active surrender and rehabilitation policy of the state government, Patnaik said: "Determined efforts of the state to contain the extremist activities have been substantially successful in weaning away the population in the affected areas of the state from the ideology of violence and extremism".

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday claimed as many as 12,000 people had lost their lives to Maoist attacks over the past 20 years. "LWE groups are trying to weaken democracy in the country".

Nitish, along with other chief ministers, also emphasised the need to continue financial grants for the schemes initiated earlier - like the Special Infrastructure Scheme, Integrated Action Plan (IAP), Security Related Expenditure and Modernisation of Police Fund among others.

"Today, we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of such events?"

National security adviser Ajit Doval and top security and intelligence officials from the Centre and states also took part in the meeting, which made a decision to evolve a uniform strategy to take on the Naxals.

"There is need to depute shadow intelligence officers to track prominent targets associated with Left Wing Extremism (LWE)", Singh said. "Since extremists use looted weapons, we need to have trackers in the weapons, embed biometrics in triggers and have unique identification numbers in explosive material", he said.

"The forces on the ground level should not lack leadership. We need to use UAVs [drones], PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, thermal imaging, and Radar and satellite images [to do that]".

Ahead of the crucial meeting, the strategic command headquarters of CRPF's anti-Naxal operations was shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh. "It means S-Smart leadership, A-Aggressive strategy, M-Motivation and training, A-Actionable intelligence, D-Dashboard-based KPIs (key performance indicators) and KRAs (key result areas), H-Harnessing technology, A-Action plan for each theatre, and N-No access to financing", he said.

The central zone, an operational field formation, was set up on August 7, 2009, and was tasked with the responsibility of deployment of CRPF troops in the entire "red belt" of states hit by Naxalite violence including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

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