‘ Blue­print’ to fin­ish Nax­al­ism in three years

Ra­j­nath to chair meet­ing

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

As part of Modi gov­ern­ment’s plan to launch a mas­sive of­fen­sive against Maoists, Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh has di­rected Cen­tral in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to pre­pare a com­pre­hen­sive blue­print for fin­ish­ing Naxal men­ace in the coun­try in next three years. The draft strat­egy would be fi­nalised within a month’s time, fol­low­ing which home min­is­ter will chair a high level meet­ing of more than 100 top Cen­tral and state se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials to start ex­e­cut­ing the plan.

Sources claimed that Gov­ern­ment’s top se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment has been silently work­ing on a com­pre­hen­sive plan to un­leash a mas­sive of­fen­sive against Naxal out­fit in the days ahead with a clear tar­get to rid the coun­try of their pres­ence within a span of three years. The home min­is­ter, sources added, has given a clear direc­tive to the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment to pre­pare a de­tailed plan, to be ex­e­cuted jointly by Cen­tral and state se­cu­rity forces to deal with the Maoist men­ace.

Naxal vi­o­lence is viewed as the big­gest in­ter­nal se­cu­rity chal­lenge by the Gov­ern­ment and a de­ter­mined ef­fort is now be­ing put in to en­sure that they are com­pletely wiped out in the next three years. Se­cu­rity sources said Nax­als over the last few months have been on the de­fen­sive due to sus­tained ef­forts by se­cu­rity forces in parts of Ch­hat­tis­garh, Jhark­hand,

As part of the plan, se­cu­rity forces are likely to launch a si­mul­ta­ne­ous on­slaught cut­ting across var­i­ous states where Nax­als are still ac­tive

Odisha, Bi­har and Ma­ha­rash­tra. This is per­haps the rea­son why Nax­als have not been to launch any ma­jor of­fen­sive against se­cu­rity forces.

“Nax­als are com­pletely on the back­foot right now and this is the right time to launch a coun­try­wide of­fen­sive against them due to which a com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy is be­ing out in place. Once the blue­print is ready, which should be within a month’s time, Home Min­is­ter will chair a meet­ing with top se­cu­rity of­fi­cials of Cen­tre and State,’’ a se­nior of­fi­cial in­volved in the pre­par­ing the plan said.

As part of the plan, se­cu­rity forces are likely to launch a si­mul­ta­ne­ous on­slaught cut­ting across var­i­ous states where Nax­als are ac­tive against them. Till now, se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions have been lim­ited to some ar­eas in a par­tic­u­lar state but this could change with the new se­cu­rity doc­trine which would stress on a si­mul­ta­ne­ous at­tack on Nax­als across states.

“The new se­cu­rity plan would also stress on the need for a hot pur­suit with ac­tive air sup­port. We will de­ploy copters to track their move­ments,” the of­fi­cial added.

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