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New Chhattisgarh Governor visits `Naxal headquarters`

Raipur, Feb 02: Former Intelligence Bureau Chief and new Chhattisgarh Governor E S L Narasimhan today travelled to the Bastar region, a stronghold of Maoist rebels, for a two-day tour to assess the situation there.

Immediately after arriving at the defence airstrip at Jagdalpur, the regional headquarters of Bastar, the Governor convened a meeting of field officials in which he enquired about the Naxal problem, officials told news agencies. "Why we are not being able to construct roads?" Narasimhan reportedly asked officials when it was brought to his notice that the area was inaccessible due to the lack of roads.

He also asked police personnel about problems they faced in dealing with the Naxal menace, officials said. Narasimhan is scheduled to visit relief camps run by the government at Dornapal and Bhiramgarh in Dantewada district tomorrow in which Salwa Judum or anti-Naxal campaign activists have taken shelter, they said.

About 60,000 people are currently sheltering in several Salwa Judum camps in Dantewada due to threat from Naxals and Narasimham expressed his willingness yesterday to gain first-hand knowledge of their problems and the ground situation there, officials said.

Narasimhan expressed his willingness to visit camps in Dantewada and wanted to talk to security forces deployed there to understand their problems. His visit is a part of that mission, officials said.

The Governor, who had a fair idea of the Maoist problem as IB Chief, called for steps to bring peace to the state. He is scheduled to tomorrow visit NMDC's mining areas in Dantewada district, where Naxalites had earlier looted huge amounts of explosives.


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posted by Bimal 3.2.07,


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