LWE us­ing mod­ern weapons: Min­is­ter

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

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.

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