LWE using modern weapons: Minister
The weapon holding of left-wing extremists (LWE) is not superior to the weaponry used by the security forces in the LWEaffected area. The LWE outfits are using weapons/equipments like LMG, AK-47, SLR, .303 Rifles, GF Rifles, HE grenades and VHF and HF sets for attacks on security forces, according to the R.P.N. Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs.
Further, there are reports that the CPI (Maoist) is focusing on further augmentation of its military capability to increase the lethality of its armoury. The use of rockets, mortars and molotov cocktails, the former through indigenously manufactured launchers have also been witnessed during some attacks on security forces in the Bastar region.
The Government is implementing a scheme namely, ‘Construction/Strengthening of Fortified Police Stations’ wherein 400 Police Stations are proposed to be constructed in 9 LWE-affected states at the rate of ` 2 crore for each police station. Under the Scheme, 80 per cent of funds are provided by the central government and 20 per cent by the respective state governments. So far, ` 370 crore have been released under the scheme. The state governments have been advised to complete the construction work of Police Stations as early as possible.