C`garh fall-out: Naxal-hit states put on high alert

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 22:59

New Delhi: The police in Maoist-hit areas of
West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra
were on Tuesday put on high alert and patrolling intensified in the
wake of the massacre of 75 securitymen in Chhattisgarh`s
Dantewada district.

"All police stations and camps have been asked to be on
maximum alert and personnel directed to intensify patrolling
and vigilance, particularly in three Maoist-hit districts of
Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia," West Bengal IGP (Law and
order) S Purkayastha said in Kolkata.

Additional security steps have been taken in Maoist-hit
areas as instructed by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
during his weekend visit here, Chief Secretary Asok Mohan
Chakraborty said.

An alert was sounded also in Naxal-hit districts of Bihar
and all Superintendents of Police there were asked to step up
combing operations against Maoists, DGP Neelmani said,
adding all precautionary measures were being taken in 16 of
the 38 districts of Bihar that are affected by the left-wing
extremism.

Andhra Pradesh DGP R R Girish Kumar said police had been
told to be specially vigilant in the districts bordering
Chhattisgarh, Orissa and particularly Andhra-Orissa-Bihar
region.

In Jharkhand, high alert has been sounded across the
state where 18 of the 24 districts are hit by Maoists.

Police in Naxal-hit districts of Orissa, where the
Maoists killed 11 policemen earlier this week, were put on
high alert following the Chhattisgarh incident, said Home
Secretary A P Padhi.

Maharashtra police also tightened vigil at all
Naxal-affected regions, particularly eastern part of Vidharba.

Superintendent of police (Ghadchiroli) S Jaikumar said an
alert was issued especially in the region and areas bordering
Chhattisgarh. Police have been told to guard against IED and
land mines, he said.

A fresh alert has been issued in Uttar Pradesh`s
Naxal-hit districts of Mirzapur, Chandauli and Sonbhadra,
which shares its border with Chattisgarh, and close to 900 of
Central Para Military Force personnel and more than 1600 men
of Provincial Armed Constabullary have been deployed there,
Additional DGP (Law and Order) Brij Lal said in Lucknow.

"We are on alert but after today`s Naxal attack in
Chattisgarh vigil has been stepped up further," he said.
In Madhya Pradesh an alert was sounded in the
Naxal-affected districts following the Chhattisgarh incident.

"The Inspector Generals of Balaghat, Shahdol and Rewa
ranges have been asked to intensify vigil in the
Naxal-affected districts and places close to states where the
ultras have indulged in killings recently," a senior police
official said.

Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said an alert has
been issued in naxal-affected Gondia and Gadchiroli districts
of the state.

"Police and CRPF in the Naxal-affected districts have
been alerted following today`s attack," Patil told reporters
at Vidhan Bhavan here tonight.

Weapons are not the only solution for fighting Naxals,
Patil said, adding "development of the affected areas should
also be taken on priority."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 22:59

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