Govt's anti-Naxal ops should instill 'fear' in them, says Rajnath Singh

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The idea was floated by Home Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing a meeting of chief ministers of Naxal-hit states here today where he offered them help with the state of the art technology.

Singh also said the Maoists could not be dealt with only by force but by long-term and short-term solutions.

Highlighting the pro-active surrender and rehabilitation policy of the state government, Patnaik said: "Determined efforts of the state to contain the extremist activities have been substantially successful in weaning away the population in the affected areas of the state from the ideology of violence and extremism".

Around 12,000 security personnel lost their lives in Maoist violence in the last 20 years. "The LWE groups will never succeed in suppressing democracy and development in the country", Singh added.

The meeting was attended by chief ministers, chief secretaries, director generals of police of the respective state governments, director generals of Central and state police forces, the defence secretary and the Intelligence Bureau chief as well as collectors and police chiefs of 35 worst-affected districts.

In addition, the home minister said, unique identification numbers should also be used in gelatin and other explosive materials. He also stressed the need for greater use of technology like trackers in weapons and biometrics in smart guns, which are some of the new tech to check the use of looted arms by the militants.

"The residential camps of security forces should be well equipped with power and water facility and better connectivity", he said.

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The cadre officers of the CRPF, the leading anti-Naxal central force in the country, are made to lead the operations without effective supervision from their IPS bosses.

The minister also focused on establishing specific procedures between state police and central forces for the exchange and use of intelligence.

Stating that "extremely defensive deployment" may result in a reduction of "operational offensive", Singh emphasised that "states take the ownership of LWE operations and CAPFs cooperate with them fully". "We need to use high-resolution PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, hand-held thermal imaging, radar and satellite imaging", he said.

An official release said a holistic review of the situation will be undertaken covering security and development issues, particularly infrastructure building. To this end, he said a strategic and unified command should be formed - as a first step to which, the command headquarters of the CRPF has been shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh's Raipur.

The chief ministers of Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand were in attendance.

It said issues like role of states in assisting paramilitary forces in their operations, raising and employment of India Reserve Battalions and Special India Reserve Battalion were expected to be part of the discussion.