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Govt convenes meeting of CMs of Naxal-hit states

To counter the Maoist violence, the govt has convened a meeting of CMs of Naxal-affected states.



New Delhi: To chalk out a cohesive
strategy to counter the Maoist violence, the government has
convened a meeting of Chief Ministers of Naxal-affected states
on July 14 which is expected to be addressed by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh.

The day-long meeting of the Chief Ministers of
Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Maharashtra,
Andhra Pradesh and Bihar will take stock of the situation
arising out of the recent Maoists violence and will fine tune
a fresh strategy being worked out to curb the Left Wing
extremism.

The plan to redeploy the paramilitary forces engaged
in anti-Naxal operations and development schemes undertaken
under the aegis of the Planning Commission are expected to be
discussed threadbare.

Home Minister P Chidambaram will brief the Chief
Ministers about the government`s plans, seek their suggestions
and discuss how to go about it.

The Prime Minister, who had described the Naxal menace
as a grave threat to internal security, is likely to address
the Chief Ministers and hear their views on the issue.

The meeting comes in the wake of a spurt in Naxal
attacks. The ultras have killed at least 100 policemen in
Chhattisgarh since April and derailed an express train in West
Bengal that claimed the lives of nearly 150 people.

Government has been maintaining that accelerated
development and calibrated police action are the two pillars
of its anti-Naxal policy.

Chidambaram had said that on both fronts, the primary
responsibility rests with the state governments though the
Centre will offer all help.

According to an estimate, about 40,000 sq km areas in
Naxal-affected states are under the control of Maoists.

Naxal violence has claimed the lives of over 10,000
civilians and security personnel in the last five years.

Out of a total of 10,268 casualties between 2005 and
May 2010, 2,372 deaths have been reported in 2009 as against
1,769 in 2008 and 1,737 in 2007.

Besides, Naxals targeted 362 telephone towers, many
school buildings, roads, culverts etc. in 2009 alone.

PTI

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