Anti-Naxal Task Force meets, resolves to reply through bullets

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Luckow, Mar 18 (UNI) After 17 naxals belonging to the CPI (Maoist) were gunned down on Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border last night, the Anti-Naxal Task Force today resolved to reply bullets of the Naxalite by bullets.

The meeting of the Task Force held for the first time in Uttar Pradesh also resolved for better coordination and sharing of intelligence inputs between the states to counter the ever growing strength of the naxal outfits.

'' We have decided to reply by bullets on any operation of the naxals, as they are against development,'' said the chairperson of the Task Force and special secretary (internal security), Union Home Ministry Mahendra Kumavat here today.

Briefing mediapersons on the outcome of the day long meeting, Mr Kumavat said after the recent naxalite attack at Nayagarh in Orissa, the government had taken serious note about their activities.

Admitting that the naxal organisations are now being linked with terrorist organisations like ULFA, NSCN and even ISI, he said only a better coordination between the naxal affected states could counter their strong hold.

He said that these naxalite outfits don't want development and destroy schools, bridges, rail tracks, buses for their own vested interest and create fear among the local people.'' ''We cannot tolerate such activities and now they will be dealt accordingly,'' Mr Kamavat said, adding when naxals are armed with sophisticated firearms, they can only be controlled through force,'' he said.

'' The Central government has sanctioned over Rs 1,000 crore for the development in the naxal affected areas of the country...we are still concerned for the poor people,'' the official maintained.

As many as 43 senior officials, including three officials from the Military Intelligence (MI), CRPF, SSB and senior police officials from nine naxal affected states had participated in the meeting.

Narrating about the limitation for an operation against the naxal outfits, Mr Kumavat said the frontal organisations of the naxals like CPI(ML) and others were creating hurdle for wiping out the trained forces attacking security personnel.

Maintaining that the naxal organisations in the country were equipped with latest arms and ammunition along with good intelligence network, he said that during the meeting the issue was discussed in detail and all the states have been asked to go for joint-combing operation to prevent these naxal from crossing the state during the operations.

The official also ruled out on Indian Maoist taking the help from its Nepal counterpart. '' The naxalites in the country are better equipped than that of Nepal and there is no need of such cooperation'', he added.

Last night 17 naxals, belonging to CPI (Maoist) Party, were killed in police encounter at two separate places near Charla Mandal under Pameru Police Station Limits in Bijapur District on Andhra-Chhattisgarh Border Area.


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