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Security; intelligence to deal with Naxalism: Patil

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New Delhi, Dec 5: Home Minister Shivraj Patil today said thespecial security and intelligence structures were being streamlined toeffectively deal with the Naxalite menace in various parts of thecountry.

The government was pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to addressthe naxal problem on political, security and development fronts, theHome Minister said, replying to supplementaries on the naxal menacewhich was growing in many states.

Mr Patil said the Home Ministry was taking the matter seriouslyand coordinating and cooperating with the naxal affected stategovernments to tackle the situation.

The Centre had provided 37 battalions--37000 men and officials ofthe security forces-- to the states to curb the naxal activities.

However, since law and order problem was the state responsibility, deployment of forces had been left to the state government.

In addition, armoured vehicles had also been provided to help thestate effectively deal with the naxal violence. Besides resources andassistance to the state, the Centre was also providing helicopters formedical and rescue operations.

The Home Minister said the country's forces were well equipped todeal with the menace in a ''just'' and not in a ''timid'' manner.

He, however, rejected a suggestion that the Government should talkto ultras as the Nepal Government had done in that country. He said onekind of strategy would not necessarily work for another country.

Mr Patil said the government was not entirely depending on theforce and bullet to deal with the situation. It was implementingprojects to remove social disparity which could also be one of thereasons for growth in naxal activities.

UNI

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