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Maoist problem will be overcome: CRPF chief

The CRPF, which faced a spate of deadly Naxal attacks in recent months, today said it had drawn lessons and rectified its procedures and was hopeful that the Maoist problem will be "overcome" in the near future.



New Delhi: The CRPF, which faced a spate
of deadly Naxal attacks in recent months, today said it had
drawn lessons and rectified its procedures and was hopeful
that the Maoist problem will be "overcome" in the near future.

"The Maoist problem will be overcome in the time
ahead...it will be well contained and well controlled,"
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) chief Vikram
Srivastava told reporters here after flagging off a 120-men
contingent of the paramilitary force to UN mission in Liberia
for rendering civil police duties.
The CRPF has deployed almost 60,000 personnel in the
Naxal affected states of the country.

Home Minister P Chidambaram had recently said that the
government was confident of overcoming the Maoist problem in
the next three years and had prepared a two-pronged strategy
of initiating development and police action in the affected
areas.

"With every operation you draw lessons and rectify the
the procedures and techniques," Srivastava said.

The CRPF has started undertaking more intelligence
based operations in these areas after a spate of attacks like
the April six Dantewada strike which claimed the lives of 75
personnel.
Reffering to the situation in Kashmir, where the
paramilitary force is battling violent street protests, the
CRPF Director General said that they have dispatched a set of
new anti-riot non-lethal gear for the force deployed there.

"Things are coming under control in the state (Jammu
and Kashmir). The CRPF is exercising utmost restraint," he
said.

A contingent of the Rapid Action Force (RAF)--the
specialised anti-riot unit of the CRPF-- has been sent to the
valley, Srivastava said, and expressed confidence that it
would be successful in dealing with the situation there.

PTI

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