Naxals have strengthened their position: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday admitted that Naxals have strengthened their position and stepped up violence of late.

Updated: Dec 28, 2010, 21:50 PM IST

Nagpur: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday admitted that Naxals have strengthened their position and stepped up violence of late.

Winding up a day-long tour of the Naxal-hit district
of Gadchiroli, Chidambaram talking to reporters here candidly
admitted that the ultras have enhanced their strength and
carrying out more violence -- be it a blast or indiscriminate
firing -- at their chosen date and place.

Security forces need to be alert all the time and
careful in crossing roads and bridges while undertaking anti-
Naxal operations, he said.

Chidambaram became the first Union Home Minister to
visit Gadchiroli district in eastern Maharashtra which is
surrounded by Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh and Andhra
Pradesh.

He held a closed-door meeting on his arrival this
morning with Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil, DGP D
Shivananad and some top ranking revenue and police officials.

The Home Minister also flew to Mutrumgaon, a remote
place in Dhanora taluka, to better understand ground
realities.

Chidambaram`s short visit, however, drew criticism
from Deputy Collector Rajendra Kanphade who claimed that
holding meeting in air conditioned rooms would not yield any
results.

PTI