New Delhi: Government has decided to announce a cash reward of Rs one crore on the head of top Naxal leaders and for informers who provide information about their whereabouts.
CRPF cheif Dilip Trivedi on Friday said undertaking such a policy decision makes "financial prudence" as it takes crores of rupees to deploy and sustain troops in anti-Naxal operations as compared to a sum of Rs one crore for nailing down a Maoist leader.
"We had proposed hiking of reward money on top Naxal leaders to the Union Home Ministry. I am happy that the Ministry and the government have agreed to it. We had a positive meeting with the Home Secretary in this regard," Trivedi told PTI.
The DG said it would be a good step to hike the award money more than the Rs 1 crore figure as this policy is also "financially more viable" and would bear good results for security forces undertaking operations in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states.
"The ultimate aim of the forces and the governments is to bring peace in these areas. Once we apprehend the Naxal leaders and cadres, their violent movement will fizzle out totally," he said.
Similarly, the CRPF boss said, hgher amount of money
would be given for low ranking cadres of Maoists and the Home Ministry would urge all states to take steps in this direction.
He also said Naxalites' dream to create a "red corridor from Pashupati (east of India) to Tirupati (south of India)" has not been successful as security forces like CRPF have "reduced them into small pockets".
"The Naxal literature that we seize from time to time says that they are low on morale even as they have confessed in their internal documents that they are witnessing lack of cadres, ammunition and funds. This has been possible because of the continuous pressure exerted on them by the forces," he said.
Trivedi said the menace of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) remain a potent threat for the forces operating in Naxal violence-affected areas.
However, the DG said, "I can tell you the fact that violent incidents perpetrated by Maoists against civilians have gone down".