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No Maoist-LTTE connection, says centre

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Raipur, Feb 23 (UNI) Naxalites active in the country have no connection with any foreign organisations, including the outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Union Special Secretary (Home) A K Mitra said today.

''There is no foreign connection. There are no inputs about Maoist-LTTE links. I am sure about it,'' he said, while talking to reporters here after a meeting of the Joint Task Force of eight naxalite-affected states.

Senior police officials from Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and Maharashtra attended the meeting which reviewed the present situation, particularly in the light of recent spurt in naxalite violence in Chhattisgarh.

On ongoing tribal movement in Bastar against Naxalites, Mr Mitra said he was of the view that ''any kind of public resistance against such extremism should be encouraged.'' When his attention was drawn towards the state's demand for more security personnel, Mr Mitra said the Centre was considering to provide one more battalion of paramilitary forces but it could take some time. He said one unit of the elite National Security Guards (NSG) have joined the operations in Bastar.

Replying to a question, DGP Om Prakash Rathor, who was also present, said security forces have recovered 650 kg of explosives, which had been looted by ultras from the National Mineral Development Corporation's (NMDC) explosive depot early this month.

''The operation is continuing. We are hopeful that the remaining stock of explosives will also be recovered,'' he added.

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