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Security; intelligence strengthened to deal with Naxalism: Patil

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Home Minister Shivraj Patil today said the special security and intelligence structures were being streamlined to effectively deal with the Naxalite menace in various parts of the country.

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

Mr Patil said the Home Ministry was taking the matter seriously and coordinating and cooperating with the naxal affected state governments to tackle the situation.

The Centre had provided 37 battalions--37000 men and officials of the 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 the state effectively deal with the naxal violence. Besides resources and assistance to the state, the Centre was also providing helicopters for medical and rescue operations.

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

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

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

UNI KAS Mir HT1302

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