Govt asks states to intensify operations against Maoists

The Centre asked all Naxal-affected states to intensify operations against ultras especially along inter-state borders.

Updated: Jul 03, 2013, 20:57 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre Wednesday asked all Naxal- affected states to intensify operations against ultras especially along inter-state borders as Maoists are carrying out `spectacular attacks` to boost morale of the cadres.

A day after the killing of an SP and four others by Naxals in Jharkhand, the Home Ministry told the states to do their best to flush out the Maoists from their strongholds through joint operations with neighbouring states and Central forces.

At a high-level meeting, convened by Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami and attended by Home Ministry advisory K Vijay Kumar, Director of Intelligence Bureau Asif Ibrahim and Director General of CRPF, the security situation in Naxal-hit states was reviewed threadbare and CRPF was directed to take lead in anti-Maoists operations wherever required.

Sources said since the Maoists were under pressure in their core areas, they wanted to divert the attention to non-core areas by launching `spectacular attacks` like targeting police, politicians and bureaucrats.

Yesterday`s killing of SP of Pakur district in Jharkhand was part of the new Naxal strategy.

So, the security forces have been instructed to avoid losses in non-core areas and put pressure in core areas thorough continuous offensive against the Maoists in their stronghold.