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Chhattisgarh to prepare anti-Maoist action plan with Centre
23-05-2014

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 manner.

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.