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Chattisgarh: 14 anti-Naxal bases set up
February 14, 2007 18:03 IST
In a bid to curb the escalation of Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh, 14 advanced anti-Naxalite bases have been established in the targeted areas to provide security to people.
The Village Defence Socities were being trained to handle arms as part of serious anti-Naxalite operations, Director-General of Police O P Rathor said.
The Naxal problem in the state came in for a detailed review at a recent meeting of the Task Force on Naxalism in the Union Home Ministry and it was found that barring Chhattisgarh, the situation was under control in other states.
Senior officials in the MHA dealing with Naxalism issue explained that Chhattisgarh accounted for a rise in number of incidents and casualties in view of greater offensive by the ultras to derail 'Salwa Judum' movement against them.
The Centre has asked the state to streamline interstate operations against Naxalites, share intelligence and fine tuning action plans, besides filling up vacancies in the police in a time-bound manner, ensuring optimum utilisation of funds for police modernisation and speeding up investigation and prosecution.
Rathor said security measures had been tightened and development activities geared up under a two-pronged strategy suggested by the security establishment to deal with the menace."Development agencies have been geared up and Bastar Vikas Pradhikaran has taken a number of decisions to develop infrastructure in the areas," he said.