The Centre on Wednesday told the Naxal-affected states to ensure that there are no violations of human rights during anti-Naxal operations as such incidents are used by Maoists to launch a propaganda against the security forces.
At a meeting in the Home Ministry,the chief secretaries and DGPs of nine Naxal-affected states were asked to ensure that the standard operating procedures,as laid down by the National Human Rights Commission,are followed scrupulously.
Officials said such an instruction had become necessary in view of an upsurge in the publicity drive of the Naxalites in recent months. According to information available with the Home Ministry,the efforts of the Naxalite groups have been to gain sympathy of the middle class and urban population by highlighting instances of rights violations by the security forces.
The states were also told to improve the financial incentives for Naxalites willing to surrender. The ministry said it would soon come up with uniform guidelines in this regard that can be followed by all the state governments. It said it was willing to help the states by providing more funds.
It was proposed at the meeting that any Naxalite surrendering an AK-47 or INSAS rifle should be given an additional sum of Rs 5 lakh for the arm. Similar amounts will be fixed for different category of arms and ammunition.
The states requested for the continuation of the Scheme for Reimbursement of Expenditure under which the Centre reimburses 100 per cent funds spent by the states on security related items in the Naxal-affected districts. The scheme was supposed to come to an end after the 11th plan period,ending this year. Home Ministry officials said they were open to considering the request of the states.
Police are used by ruling parties: Pillai
The police is an instrument to keep the ruling party in power and every party has done so,former Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said on Wednesday. Any ruling party,irrespective of whether it is CPM,or DMK or AIADMK or Congress… anybody,the police is an instrument to keep the political party in power. Every party has used this, he said at a conference on Naxal insurgency,adding that IPS officers fear punishment of being transferred. PTI