Top police officials from four states — Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal — Wednesday decided to work on better inter-state coordination and information sharing, particularly in the inter-state border areas, to curb the menace of left-wing extremism.
Issues related to terror groups were also discussed at the inter-state zonal committee meeting, chaired by Jharkhand DGP D K Pandey, at the police headquarters here.
The meeting, though scheduled earlier, comes in the wake of the latest attack by Maoists in Bihar’s Gaya district on July 18, in which 10 CRPF men were killed.
IG (Operations) M S Bhatia said: “The Naxals often take advantage of the vacuum that tends to get created in the border areas. They feel that they can inflict damage in one state and cross over to another safely as jurisdictional issues come into play. Therefore, it was decided to have better coordination and real-time sharing of information. Further, it was decided that more joint operations in border areas, which are monitored by the range DIGs, should be carried out.”
With respect to the July 18 incident, officials said they had shared information about the movement of Maoists across the border with their Bihar counterparts. “We had received information about movement of some Naxal dasta across the border. So we had shared the information with the SSP of Gaya and SP of Aurangabad a few days before the attack. However, this was not specific,” said Palamu SP Mayur Patel.
It was also decided that cooperation will be strengthened on activities of terror groups, who could be trying to set up sleeper cells or recruit youngsters by radicalising them. “It was decided that steps would be taken to curb their funding,” said Bhatia.