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Rajnath Singh calls for aggressive offensive to combat Maoists

Rajnath Singh calls for aggressive offensive to combat Maoists

Rajnath Singh calls for aggressive offensive to combat Maoists

While there is "no silver bullet" to obliterate the Maoist problem, it is necessary to find a permanent solution, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said today while chairing a meeting to tackle the issue.

The Naxal problem can not be resolved through "silver bullets" or any shortcut but through short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions, said Mr Singh, who is chairing the meeting.

Later briefing media, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said, the Home Ministry will set up a committee to maintain coordination between Central Paramilitary Forces and State police forces in Left Wing Extremism affected states.

Pointing out highly regrettable acts of the Maoists, the Home Minister said 12,000 citizens had lost their lives in the violent activities of the left-wing extremists of whom 2,700 were jawans of the security forces while the remaining 9,300 were innocent and common people.

Singh elaborated each part of this doctrine, laying stress on bringing aggression in the policy - aggression in thinking, in strategy, in deployment of forces, in operations, in development and in road construction - instead of reacting only after heinous incidents.

The Home Minister added that left-wing extremist groups were trying to weaken democracy in the country but would "never succeed" in doing so.

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The meeting was also attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, district magistrates and the superintendents of police of 35 of Naxal-hit districts. "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.

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. Stating that the "whole country is agitated" post-Sukma attack, Singh said that he was "concerned but not perturbed" by this attack. If the officers lack leadership skills at the tactical level, it can demoralise the troops engaged in field operations.

"We need to use high resolution cameras, Global Positioning System, thermal imaging, radar and satellite images". The force has already shifted its anti-Naxal ops command centre from Kolkata to Raipur to further strengthen its operations in the state.

He said in order to develop actionable intelligence, it is important that all intelligence agencies and security forces establish a good network with local people.

The day-long meeting on Monday was also attended by the Secretaries of the union ministries, besides Chief Secretaries and police chiefs, according to an official statement.

While additional deployment of CAPF was sought, the statement said some states also sought exemption from payments for CAPF battalions provided by the Central government.

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