Chhattisgarh to prepare anti-Maoist action plan with Centre
RAIPUR: BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh is busy preparing a detailed
action plan for lobbying with soon-to-be sworn Prime Minister Narendra Modi to
press for framing a national policy to deal with Maoists.
“We are working on a draft action plan for presenting during
chief minister's first meeting with Modi after he takes oath of office on May
26,” top government sources said. The idea is to impress upon the new
government about the imperative need to formulate a policy to deal with Maoist
rebels as BJP and its state government had always maintained that Maoists
menace is a problem affecting many and cannot be dealt within a piece meal
Chhattisgarh has been among the worst Maoist-affected states in
country where the rebels have unleashed large-scale violence, claiming many
lives during the last ten years. One of the major incidents involving civilian
casualties was on May 25 last year when rebels attacked a Congress convoy at
Jheeram Ghati in tribal Bastar, killing frontline state Congress leaders.
Massacre of 75 security personnel at Tadmetla in Sukma district
in April 2010 and large scale violence by Maoists in response to anti-Naxalite
vigilante movement 'Salwa Judum' between June 2005 and December 2008 were among
the other major incidents of violence.
Sources said the state government, in its new action plan, could
favour the policy of high-end technology supported precision strike to target
top Maoists and their Peoples' Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) leaders on the
basis of quality intelligence inputs.
They said it was being felt that conventional fight against
Maoists in the forests, deploying para-military and other forces, did not yield
satisfactory results as such operations mostly hit lower-level cadres like
Sangam members- the village level supporters of rebels. Besides, sources said
state government would also put forth a proposal for overall development of
Maoist affected areas of tribal Bastar and other regions in a time bound manner
with Central assistance.
One of the priorities is construction and up-gradation of roads
in tribal areas. Meanwhile, reports from rebel dominated areas said that
Maoists have already begun propaganda that they feared fresh onslaught by
security forces in the wake of BJP's rise to power at Centre.
The rebels are now propagating among locals that corporate were
eyeing Bastar's natural resources like mineral deposits.