Joint action against Maoists in C'garh

Joint action against Maoists in C
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Central forces and Chhattisgarh police would launch joint action in Bastar area in the days to come: Shinde ...

Central forces and Chhattisgarh police would launch joint action in Bastar area in the days to come: Shinde

Raipur (PTI): Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who on Friday reviewed the anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh in his first visit here after the May 25 attack, said the Central forces and state police would launch joint action in Bastar area in the days to come. He had an hour-long meeting with Chief Minister Raman Singh and senior officials at Raj Bhavan.

Naxal attack in south Bastar on May 25 killed 27 persons including state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel and senior leader Mahendra Karma.A "After a discussion over the incident, we have decided to take a joint action," said Shinde. "Chief Minister Raman Singh told me that this time we will not put any demand (to Centre), except we want support. Central forces will support the state in joint operation. Every Naxal-affected state should develop Greyhound force (on the lines of Andhra Pradesh) to combat Naxals. Centre would offer help in this area," he added.

About the attack, Shinde said, "In the preliminary investigation it seems that there are security lapses, but enquiry will further reveal it. About the talk of `conspiracies' involving some Congress leaders behind the attack, Shinde said, "Politics should not be done. State government has already ordered judicial probe while we have also ordered NIA probe. Their reports will reveal it (the truth)."

Meanwhile, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said in New Delhi that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had cleared a proposal to set up 2,199 mobile towers in Naxal- affected areas. The ministry's speedy clearance of the three-year old proposal entailing Rs 3,046.12 crore comes in the wake of the recent killings in Chattisgarh by Maoists.

According to the proposal, the 2,199 towers are likely to be spread across nine states � Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The identified areas do not have mobile coverage.

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