‘ Blueprint’ to finish Naxalism in three years
Rajnath to chair meeting
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.