In order to discuss ways to deal with the Naxal violence, Home minister Rajnath Singh, on Monday, hosted a meeting with the Chief Ministers and representative of 10 Maoist-affected states namely– Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. The meeting comes soon after the brutal Sukma attack in Chhattisgarh that left 25 CRPF personnel dead. The rebels had also killed 11 security personnel on March 13 in the same district.
Addressing the media, Singh said that the residential camps of the security forces should be well equipped to stop attacks on the security personnel. He added that such camps should be equipped with power, water facility, and better connectivity.
Commenting on the issue of Left Wing Extremism (LWE), Rajnath Singh said that, “There is a need to depute shadow intelligence officers to track prominent targets associated with Left Wing Extremism.” The Home Minister added,“The forces on the ground level should not lack leadership. Unity of purpose & Unity of action is essential for the success of the operation.”
Other agendas were also discussed at the meeting, including increased flying hours of Indian Air Force carrying security personnel and more joint commands and control centers.
In a press conference organized just before the meeting, Singh said that the extremists can’t suppress democracy. The Home Minister also emphasized in finding out mechanisms that will be able to detect these incidents before they happen.
“Should we react only after the attack? We should be proactive. We should have aggression in our thoughts, development, operations and road construction”, he added.