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Need to choke financial resources of Naxal groups: Rajnath Singh

Need to choke financial resources of Naxal groups: Rajnath Singh

Among the absentees are West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Telangana's KC Rao and Andhra Pradesh's N Chandrababu Naidu.

Rajnath Singh said the whole country was agitated over the "martyrdom" of 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Sukma.

"Learning from the old incidents, we need to bring aggression into our policy".

The Home Minister also wanted special action plans through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to increase connectivity across the entire extremist-affected areas.

Referring to the use of some cutting edge technologies, Singh said now the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is sub-optimal which needs to be augmented both by numbers and by use in the right place.

The Home Minister's remarks over financial choking came in during his inaugural address at the day-long security review meeting here with Chief Ministers of Maoist-affected states - days after the leftist rebels killed at least 25 paramilitary troopers in Chhattisgarh. In addition, Mr Singh said, unique identification numbers could be used in gelatin and other explosive materials.

National security adviser Ajit Doval and top security and intelligence officials from the Centre and states also took part in the meeting, which chose to evolve a uniform strategy to take on the Naxals. "We need to use high-resolution PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, hand-held thermal imaging, radar and satellite imaging", he said. He said: "The residential camps of security forces should be well-equipped with power and water facility and better connectivity".

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While he suggested several steps to combat Maoist violence, he added that "if effective steps are to be taken, then mere discussion with state governments will not suffice... the Centre will also need to take concrete steps". "At the same time, the forces on the ground level should not lack leadership".

Singh had termed the attack as direct "challenge to the government" and vowed to hunt down the attackers.

He said in order to develop actionable intelligence, it is important that all intelligence agencies and security forces establish a good network with local people.

Ahead of the crucial meeting, the strategic command headquarters of CRPF's anti-Naxal operations was shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur on Sunday.

The command office has been tasked with strategizing on launching joint operations with the Indian Air Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the state police along the southern tip of Bastar in Chhattisgarh where its border meets with Odisha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, all of which are affected by Maoist violence.

The states also raised related issues like the deployment of additional CAPF battalions, exemption from payment for CAPF battalions provided by the Centre, helicopter support for operations, use of modern technology by the state police and the CAPF.

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