New Delhi: Groups supporting Naxals or espousing their causes may face legal action if authorities find evidence that they help the Maoists directly or indirectly through various acts.
This is part of the new anti-Naxal strategy adopted by the security forces at a high level meeting held here in last two days.
Official sources said leaders, spokespersons or active workers of the front organisations of the CPI(Maoist) may face the police wrath if they directly or indirectly help the banned organisation, which has been responsible for killing hundreds of people every year across India.
The meeting, chaired by Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami and attended by police chiefs of 26 worst-affected districts, decided to improve intelligence gathering mechanism, emphasised on more involvement of special forces and how to reduce gaps in coordination among state forces.
Failure in basic policing has been identified as the key reason for security forces suffering reverses in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand or Bihar. A more pro-active role by local police stations was needed to engage Maoists, it noted.
The meeting decided that state governments should be approached for improving road networks and speedy implementation of various schemes, including Integrated Action Plan, to gain trust of local people.
The two-day meeting, convened in the wake of the July 3 killing of Amarjit Balihar, the SP of Jharkhand`s Pakur district by Maoists, was also attended by other top officials of Home Ministry and CRPF, Inspector Generals in-charge of operations in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha.
A detailed discussion on the methodology taken by the Maoists to carry out their attacks as well as how to face the new challenges on the ground also discussed threadbare.
Superintendents of Police of Maharashtra`s Gadchiroli district Mohd Suvez Haque briefed the gathering on the innovative methods adopted by him to tackle Maoists menace.
Haque has been chosen to give a presentation at the meeting on the methods adopted by him to take on the Maoists.
A top officer of Andhra Pradesh special force Grey Hounds gave a presentation on its successful anti-Naxal strategy.