Sukma attack: Home Minister to meet CMs of 10 Naxal-hit states

RSTV Bureau

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will hold a meeting with chief ministers of 10 Maoist-hit states to discuss steps to tackle the menace.

Raipur: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh paying tribute to CRPF jawans killed in the naxal attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, in Raipur on Tuesday.  Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairsi Hansraj Gangaram Ahir are also seen. PTI Photo

Raipur: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh paying tribute to CRPF jawans killed in the naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, in Raipur on Tuesday. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairsi Hansraj Gangaram Ahir are also seen. PTI Photo

The crucial meet comes days after Maoists attacked and killed 25 CRPF Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. Altogether more than 35 CRPF personnel have been killed by Naxalites in the worst-hit Chhattisgarh in less than two months.

Chief ministers of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have been invited to meeting which would be chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Home Minister and Chief Ministers are expected to discuss the ways to revamp intelligence gathering mechanism, Re-calibrating the anti-Naxal strategy are on top of the agenda.

The April 24 assault on a CRPF road opening party that led to the death of 25 personnel was the deadliest since the April 2010 attack in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada, where 76 CRPF men were killed.

The conclave will also deliberate on the development progress in roads, transport, communicaiton and other public amenities in the affected areas.

Home ministry sources said that, currently, 90 per cent of Maoist activity is limited to 35 districts, though the terrorists have pockets of influence in 68 districts in 10 states.

Meanwhile, in a move to shore up its capabilities to tackle Maoist violence, the CRPF has ordered “immediate” shifting of the command headquarters of central zone of the force from Kolkata to Raipur.