Rajnath calls for 'unity of purpose' to tackle Naxal terror

Around 12,000 security personnel lost their lives in Maoist violence in the last 20 years.

Official sources said the newly appointed CRPF Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar has been asked to ensure that the command begins functioning from Raipur before the high-level meeting of Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit states here tomorrow. He added that the foundational principle of the government's strategy to deal with "left-wing extremism" - called Samadhan - is financially choking the Maoists. "The LWE groups will never succeed in suppressing democracy and development in the country", Singh added.

Most states requested for helicopter support for operations, and the use of modern technology by the police and the CAPF was also discussed.

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.

Trackers in weapons and biometrics in smart guns are some of the new technology that the security forces fighting the Naxals may adopt soon to check use oflooted arms by the guerrillas.

The destruction caused by them shows that they do not want people to get facilities and access to the development in the remote and inaccessible areas that can help them join the mainstream society, the Home Minister stressed. Mr Singh also claimed that in order to evolve actionable intelligence, it was important that all intelligence agencies and security forces establish a good network with the local people.

"There is a need to chalk out a specific action plan for each threat with short term, medium term and long term strategies clearly defined".

The meeting comes a fortnight after 25 CRPF personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

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"I am convinced that the martyrdom of our security forces will not go in vain". Stating that the "whole country is agitated" post-Sukma attack, Singh said that he was "concerned but not perturbed" by this attack. "The forces at the ground level should not lack leadership".

Rajnath Singh also emphasised on finding mechanisms of detecting these incidents before they happen.

"We need to use high resolution PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, hand-held thermal imaging, radar, satellite imaging etc", he said.

"We have to consider that although the figures of the surrenders of the left wing extremists are increasing, but whether the benefit of intelligence from these surrendered left wing extremists cadres is being derived", Singh asked.

Singh had termed the attack as direct "challenge to the government" and vowed to hunt down the attackers. The CRPF has moved its strategic command headquarters for anti-Maoist operations from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh. Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were represented by ministers and West Bengal and Telangana by their chief secretary and DGP.

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