Rajnath calls for 'unity of purpose' to tackle Naxals

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"Unity of objective and unity of action are essential for the success of operations", he said at the meeting that was skipped by the Chief Ministers of West Bengal (Mamata Banerjee), Andhra Pradesh (N Chandrababu Naidu), Telangana (K Chandrasekhara Rao) and Madhya Pradesh (Shivraj Singh Chouhan).

Convened to formulate a strategy apropos killing of 25 CRPF personnel by the extremists in the tribal Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on April 24, the meeting discussed what the Home Minister projected as a doctrine of 8-point "SAMADHAN", in which each letter stood for different aspects of a solution to the Maoist menace. "Today, we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of any incident or we should be more proactive", Singh asked. He also emphasised for building and implementing policies aggressively.

"There is need to depute shadow intelligence officers to track prominent targets associated with Left Wing Extremism (LWE)", he said, adding, "We must ensure that states take the ownership of LWE operations and CAPFs actively cooperating with them".

Pointing out that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is sub-optimal now, the Home Minister added that Mini UAVs are proving to be extremely useful and should be procured in more quantities.

Referring to the ongoing security-related assistance given to the state governments by the Centre, the home minister said under this, 118 battalions of Central Armed Police Force have been deployed in the states.

Highlighting the need for motivation and training, the Home Minister said there was a need to improve the training and other facilities at the camps.

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He also called for increasing use of technology in security operations and to counter left-wing extremism.

"I am convinced that their martyrdom will not go in vain".

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". "We should start a mission with a clear aim to rid Sukma of this problem", Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said.

Rajnath Singh asked the states to take the ownership of Maoist operations and that the paramilitary forces should cooperate with them fully. "We need to use UAVs [drones], PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, thermal imaging, and Radar and satellite images [to do that]".

The meeting will help firm up anti-Naxal strategy to fight the guerillas in their hideouts.

The day-long meeting on Monday is also being attended by the secretaries of the union ministries, besides chief secretaries and police chiefs of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, a Home Ministry statement said. "We should have aggression in our thoughts, development, security, infrastructure development".

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