IAF to aid security forces against Naxals: Govt

The Central government today said Army will not be deployed to fight the Naxals, but Air Force will be used to provide non-combat assistance to para-military and police personnel operating in the Maoist-hit regions.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2010, 23:32 PM IST

Raipur: The Central government today said
Army will not be deployed to fight the Naxals, but Air Force
will be used to provide non-combat assistance to para-military
and police personnel operating in the Maoist-hit regions.

There was no need at present to deploy Army personnel in
the Maoist-hit regions, but IAF would be used to assist the
troops, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said here.

Pillai is in Chhattisgarh to review the security and
development situation against the backdrop of a spurt in Naxal
attacks on security forces in the state.

"The Air Force will only be engaged in air-lifting
injured security personnel and will not take part in offensive
against the Maoists," Pillai told reporters.

The Centre is assisting the Chhattisgarh Government in
tackling the Naxal menace, he said adding, funds have been
provided to procure modern equipment for the security forces.

Seven Indian Reserve Battalions (IRB) had been sanctioned
for Chhattisgarh, which has requested for three more, he said.
Pillai denied any rift between the state police and CRPF,
saying both were coordinating and working together.

He said the government was speeding up development work
in the Naxal-hit regions and the Planning Commission was
preparing an integrated development plan for these areas.

Pillai reviewed the situation in the state at a meeting
with top officials.

PTI

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