Shillong: Former Army Chief V P Malik today
called for better coordination between states and the Centre
to tackle Maoist violence and said he was against deployment
of the Army to control internal law and order problems.
"So far as the law and order situation in the Maoist
areas are concerned, there is a need for better coordination
between state agencies and the Centre. This has been not up to
the mark," Malik told reporters during a visit to the
residence of late Captain S C Nongrum who attained martyrdom
in the Kargil War.
"Army should not step in at this juncture. Army should be
the last resort. It is not the primary role of the Army," he
said on the deployment of the Army in Naxal-affected areas.
Underlining that the central para-military forces should
be trained effectively to deal with the Maoist problem, Malik
said, "The para-military forces have been neglected. Their
standard has to be improved. It is only after the recent
attacks by Maoists that the government has realised this."
"First, the forces should isolate the people taking arms
and then hit them while the development activities in the
areas is progressing simultaneously," he said on the possible
strategy to deal with the problem.