'Unified command to 4 Naxal-affected states'

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New Delhi, Jul 14: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram suggested an unified command for Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal, the four worst affected states by Naxal menace.

According to CNN-IBN, Centre proposed the four states to create the unified command to deal with the anti-Naxal operations while addressing the meeting of chief ministers of Naxal-infested states called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday, Jul 14.

All the Chief Ministers of the four Naxal affected states attended the meeting organized in New Delhi, as reported by CNN-IBN.

"Government will sanction additional SPOs (Special Police Officers) to the states and requests the state governments of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal to create a unified command for anti-Naxal operations," said P Chidambaram.

The Government will appoint a retired Major General of the Army as a member of the unified command.

The Union Home Minister also added, "we request the four state governments to appoint an Inspector General of Police as IG (Anti-Naxal operations) for that state. The Government will also appoint an Inspector General, Central Reserve Police Force as IG (Operations) for that state to work in close coordination with the IG (anti-Naxal operations) of that state."

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