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Need action: PC writes to Chavan on Naxal attacks

However,no concrete action has been forthcoming from State Home Minister R R Patil,who is also the “guardian minister” for Gadchiroli.

With Maoists killing 13 people,including some policemen,in Gadchiroli in the last one month,Union Home Minister P Chidambaram wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan this month expressing concern at the situation.

However,no concrete action has been forthcoming from State Home Minister R R Patil,who is also the “guardian minister” for Gadchiroli.

So Chavan has now asked the State Chief Secretary,Ratnakar Gaikwad,to intervene.

The Chief Secretary has been empowered to ask for more paramilitary forces as well as purchase weapons and equipment needed to deal with the situation in Gadchiroli on an emergency basis.

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Government sources told The Indian Express that Chidambaram wrote a letter to Chavan after it was brought to his notice that Naxals had stepped up violence in the district bordering Chhattisgarh.

The Gadchiroli situation has taken a turn for the worse,with only 40 per cent government officials posted in the district.

Meanwhile,the NIA recently summoned a meeting of the ATS chiefs of Maharashtra and other states to coordinate on the 13/7 blast probe.