statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 6 JUNE: The nine Maoist-affected states have agreed on a unified national policy to fight Left-wing extremism.
The chief ministers of these states had a two-hour-long special session on the Maoist issue with the Union home minister, Mr Sushilkumar Shinde, last evening after the chief ministers’ conference on internal security.
The chief ministers and the Union government stressed on the urgent need to enhance deployment of security forces in Maoist-affected areas and discussed “surgical operations” to take out the top leadership of the CPI (Maoist). They discussed the spread of Left wing extremism in urban areas. The exact details of the decisions on the anti-Maoist campaign might be announced after the all-party meeting scheduled for next Monday. It has been called by the Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, mainly to discuss a detailed roadmap to tackle Maoists.
During the special two-hour session yesterday, the chief ministers acknowledged that Left wing extremism was the biggest threat to internal security and agreed to have a national policy to tackle it. The CMs also expressed their desire to have a special force on the lines of Andhra Pradesh to counter Maoists. The CMs advocated a coordinated offensive against the Maoist groups and sought assistance of the Union government. They said state police organisations could not fight Maoists alone and the Centre should increase its assistance to Maoist-affected states.
While the Chhattisgarh CM, Mr Raman Singh, stressed on a united policy, the Bihar chief minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, said a police solution to the problem would be a superficial one as the issue also has political dimensions. The CMs also discussed a coordinated offensive with Central forces in the tri-junction of the Bastar jungles from where the senior Maoist leadership operates.
Meanwhile, the Congress general Secretary Digvijay Singh today alleged that lack of coordination between the security forces and state police was leading to rise in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh, and accused the BJP government of having a nexus with ultras for political gains. “If Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra can control Naxalism, why not Chhattisgarh? The ruling BJP is sheltering Naxals for political advantage,” said Singh, who visited families of the Congress leaders who were killed in the 25 May Naxal attack in the Bastar region during his visit to the state.
“The Centre is providing adequate security forces and money, but it is the responsibility of the state to make its effective use with proper implementation. There is lack of coordination between state police and CRPF. Are district forces trying to save themselves or providing security to others?” he said.
If Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra can control Naxalism, why not Chhattisgarh? The ruling BJP is sheltering Naxals for political advantage
~ Digvijay Singh