New Delhi, Sep 14: Addressing a press conference after his visit to the United States, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram spoke about Maoist threat, coastal security and cross border terrorism.
On the rise of Maoist violence in the country, the Home Minister said, "In a bid to expand its influence it (Communist Party of India-Maoist) has been seeking alliance with secessionists and northeast insurgents... it is also lending support to their secessionist demands."
Apart from the increased violence, the 'greater sophistication' of the attacks are a cause of serious concern, P Chidambaram noted.
Also, raising the issue of arbitrary police transfer, Chidambaram questioned, "I deeply regret that many police officers have been reduced to being a football to be kicked here and there, from one post to another. Is it not your duty as DGPs of states to raise your voice on behalf of your office."
"Communist Party of India-Maoist besides targeting police, police informers and inimical forces is laying greater emphasis on targeting infrastructure like roads, bridges," he added.
While speaking on cross border terrorism, he said that terrorist outfits like Lashar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that continue to plot against India continue to be the biggest threats to the country.