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Special force to tackle Naxal menace

George Iype in Kochi | November 17, 2003 15:01 IST
Last Updated: November 17, 2003 16:09 IST


Theseries of claymore mine blasts triggered bythe outlawedPeople's Warthat nearly killed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Octoberhasprovokedthe central government to set up a special security unit to check theNaxalites.

Also read: Andhra CM hurt in Tirumala blasts

The decision followeda Union home ministryreport that said Left-wing extremist groups are responsible for the second largest number of violent incidents and killings in India.

Terrorismin Kashmir takes the top slot.

A seniorgovernment official told rediff.com that the special security unit will be raised out of the Central Reserve Police Force. "We will give special training to these units and deploy them in the nine states that are badly hit by Naxal extremism," the official said.

According to the home ministryreport, nine Indian states are affected by the menace:Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh arethe worst affected while Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are'partially affected.'

Also Read: Who are the Naxalites?

Ministry records sayextremist groups like theCommunist Party-Marxist Leninist,People's War andMaoist Communist Centre kill some 600 people every year.

'The Left-wing extremist groups have been making concerted efforts to militarise their cadres through formation of special guerrilla squads,' the report said.

Last year, theterror unleashed bythe Communist Party-Marxist Leninist,People's War andMaoist Communist Centre led the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government to set up a coordination committee headed by the Union home secretary to coordinate with various state governments to check Naxal activities. Director generals of police and chief secretaries of the affected states are members of this committee.

The decision to set up the special security force is based onthe coordination committee's recommendations.

The committee said Leftextremist groups are restructuring their organisational framework to establish their domination inareas like thenorth coastal, south coastal andRayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh and southern parts of Orissa, Jharkhand, north Bihar and coastal areas of West Bengal and Orissa.

Itsaid the Communist Party-Marxist Leninist,People's War andMaoist Communist Centre haveestablished close links with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) andPakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency.

Maoist insurgents in Nepal are entangled indeadly terrorismagainst government troops.

Officials said Indian districts on the Indo-Nepal border have becomevulnerable because of the continuing violence in Nepal.

Reports indicate that the Communist Party-Marxist Leninist,People's War andMaoist Communist Centre have alignedwithNepali Maoists to carve out what they call a Compact Revolutionary Zone spreading from Nepal to Bihar.

Over the years, the central government has provided financial and logistical support to the affected states to combat Naxalite terrorism butthese were uncoordinated efforts.

What is being plannedin the wake of theNaidu attack will bethe first sustained battle against Naxalism since Maoist violence appeared in India in the village of Naxalbari in West Bengal in 1967.



More reports from Andhra Pradesh
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Sub: justified to some extent

If anyone visits the areas,where naxalism is predominant and analyses the amount of corruption and exploitation going on there,then naxals are justified to some extent.and ...


Posted by deepak





Sub: Naxalites are a boon for the defenceless poor

IF hte world is about survial of the fittest , then at leat give the fittest a run for their money. If the super elite ...


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Sub: Good news

They needs to be removed from the country.There war is base less and not ethical.At the same time Leaders like Naidu should also be removed ...


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