Tighten security in Naxal-affected states: Govt

The Centre has directed all Naxal- affected states to tighten security and closely the activities of the red rebels.

New Delhi: The Centre has directed all Naxal-
affected states to tighten security and closely monitor the
activities of the red rebels as CPI(Maoist) is planning to
hold its party Congress next month after a gap of five years.

Intelligence agencies suggested that all senior leaders
will attend the meeting of the highest policy making body of
the CPI(Maoist) which is likely to be held in a dense forest
in Jharkhand, official sources said.

The Naxal outfit is likely to reconstitute its Politburo
and Central Committee during the meeting as several of its
top leaders have either killed or arrested by the security

At present, out of 14 of its Politburo members, seven are
in jail including Kobad Ghandy, Amitabh Bagchi and Pramod
Mishra. Those still at large include CPI(Maoist) general
secretary Ganpati alias Mupalla Laxman Rao, Keshav alias
Keshav Rao.

Two others - Kishenji alias Koteshvar Rao and Cherukuri
Rajkumar alias Azad - were killed by the security forces.
Of the 37 Central Committee members, 23 are now lodged in
different jails across the country.

"We expect that all senior leaders will travel from their
respective hideouts and go to attend the party Congress.
That`s why we have asked the states to intensify vigil to nab
them," a source said.

The meeting may finalise the CPI(Maoist) future course of
action and give directions to the followers in the wake of set
backs it suffered in recent past and intensified operations by
the security forces.

Naxal violence has been reported in areas falling under
270 police stations in 64 districts in eight states.

The level of violence in Left Wing Extremism affected
states is still unacceptably high with 447 civilians and 142
security personnel killed in 2011.

The Central government has shouldered its share of
responsibility in dealing with the Maoists and has deployed 71
battalions (around 71,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces.
The budget allocation under Security Related Expenditure
scheme has been increased to Rs 337 crore in 2011-12 as
against only Rs 80 crore in 2008-09.