550 men guard every VVIP in state Naxal belt

RR: It is an expensive affair,can understand Chhattisgarh difficulty.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: April 14, 2014 12:21 pm

Every VVIP visiting Naxal-affected districts in Maharashtra is guarded by average 550 security personnel.

Home minister R R Patil said Tuesday,“In Maharashtra,whether it is a visit of a member of a human rights commission or a political leader,the security in Naxal districts is always very high. Three-tier security is provided using 550 personnel of various agencies.”

Chhattisgarh,where a Congress convoy was attacked recently,provides security personnel in double digits.

Patil said,“The high deployment of police force in Naxal districts is an expensive affair. If a big state such as Maharashtra,which has just three Naxal-affected districts of Gadchiroli,Bhandara and Gondia,is finding it hard,one can imagine how difficult it must be financially for a small state such as Chhattisgarh that has to secure a vast area from Naxals.

“This is the reason Naxals have always supported creation of small states.”

Citing an example,he said,“Almost 24 hours before the Chhattisgarh attack when I visited Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border villages,there was deployment of 550 personnel belonging to rapid action force,state police force and quick response team.

“The number remains the same when a VVIP from the Centre visits the region for official work or political campaign.”

Patil said a force called C-60 was in charge of operations in the region.

“Police deployed to counter Naxalities have to go the extra mile to make the necessary arrangements whenever there is a VIP in the region. It takes them a minimum three days. It is a cumbersome exercise.

“Naxals are always on the move. The Naxal core group does not stay in a hideout for more than 12 hours. Often police rely on abandoned chullahs and food remnants,” he said.

Patil said informers often double-crossed police providing inputs to Naxals too.

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