With a 20 per cent drop in the number of people killed in Naxal-related violence in the country, the government has decided to change its strategy and go for a “more localised approach” to deal with Left Wing Extremism (LWE).
The government has decided for the first time to put special attention on South Bastar and also areas in bordering states of Maharashtra, Telangana and Orissa. The decision has been taken following the Sukma incident, two months ago, where 13 CRPF men were killed. A high-level committee constituted post-incident has submitted its report that will be discussed at a meeting on February 9 in Delhi.
The Home Ministry has called a meeting on February 9 of CMs and DGP’s of only four states which broadly comprise South Bastar. Unlike other occasions when the heads all the 10 affected states were called together to address the problem, this time it has been decided that “there will be customised approach for every zone.” The meeting will be chaired by Rajnath Singh where the chiefs of all central police forces will be present.
“Earlier, we used to call the representatives of all the 10 LWE affected states for any meeting. It was not yielding any result and we have decided to go for a more focussed approach. This will be the first comprehensive meeting after the Sukma incident,” said a senior home ministry official.
According to government data, 2014 saw 300 Naxal-related deaths, while 397 deaths were reported in 2013.
“The Sukma committee report is in and the meeting is being convened to discuss its findings. Besides inter-state coordination, we will be telling states to take the lead in operations as they have to act first to deal with the problem. Though the central forces have been asked to step up operations, the onus will lie on the states now,” the official said.