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‘Naxal violence under control’

NEW DELHI, FEB 13: While reviewing the status of naxal violence in the country, the home ministry on Tuesday said, except for Chhattisgarh, violence in other parts of the country was well under control. The exception was attributed to the naxalite attempt to derail the Salwa Judum movement against them in the state.

“During the meeting of the Task Force, which was also attended by nodal officers of nine naxal-hit states, it was found that barring Chhattisgarh, the situation was under control in other states,” a highly placed source in the ministry said.

The taskforce headed by the ministry's additional secretary (naxalism) Vinay Kumar, however, suggested the states streamline inter-state operations against naxalites, share intelegence and fine-tune their action plans to uproot the menace. The affected states were asked to fill up police vacancies in a time-bound manner and ensure optimum utilisation of funds for its modernisation. They also need to speed up investigation and prosecution of naxal leaders, it was felt.

The meeting of the Task Force, interestingly, comes ahead of the meeting of the empowered Group of Ministers (e-GoM) on naxalism here on February 19. The eGoM, headed by Union home minister Shivraj Patil, comprises finance minister P Chidambaram and chief ministers of affected states as members. The meeting is expected to make an in-depth study of reasons behind the naxalism and suggest ways to check it.


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posted by Resistance 14.2.07,


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