Anti-Naxal operations: MHA mulling revised strategy
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 15:43
  
New Delhi: A revised strategy to combat Maoist insurgents is being planned with the focus on precise intelligence, specialised training, modern equipment and faster mobility for the anti-Naxal forces.

Under the new plan being worked out, a slew of operational measures will be instituted and high-end equipment acquired over the next few months with an aim to strengthen the state police forces, official sources said.

On the anvil is a new deployment plan for the central paramilitary forces -- BSF, ITBP and CRPF. This, the sources said, would involve re-shuffling of the forces from one area of operation to the other.

Now that the Cabinet has for the moment ruled out deployment of the Army, the operations of the special anti-Naxal unit of the CRPF -- SAF -- will be broadened, the sources said.

"We will have to do with whatever force we have in our hands. Emphasis would be to provide a more rigorous and systematic training to state police personnel who will lead the fight against Naxals," a source said.

The Union Home Ministry is now looking at recruiting ex-servicemen for demining duties.

Sources said the thrust of the operation would be undertaken by the state police forces who "will have to be provided with modern weapons and systematic training."

The Home Ministry is also looking at possible "substantial" increase in the funds given to the state government for modernisation of police forces.

The Ministry is likely to push for more anti-landmine vehicles and other armoured vehicles.

With the Defence Ministry unable to provide helicopters for transportation and evacuation, the Ministry is looking at hiring private helicopter operators.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 15:43


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