Anti-Naxal operations: MHA mulling revised strategy

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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