Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Centre to double anti-Naxal forces

New Delhi, Aug 22: The Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil today informed the Lok Sabha today that the Centre has decided to nearly double the strength of Sashastra Seema Bal to 38 battalions and quickly complete border road construction work to check Naxal violence in Nepal bordering districts in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, West Bengal and Sikkim.

"We will be able to control Naxal violence arising from infiltration of Maoist and other militants and smuggling of sophisticated weapons from Nepal," Mr Patil said while replying to a debate on a calling attention motion raised by Mr Raghunath Jha and Mr Devendra Prasad Yadav (both RJD).

The minister said the SSB had identified 657 km of roads in the border districts of Bihar which were of operational significance to it and these would be constructed or upgraded in consultation with the state government. Consultations were also on with other state governments for similar steps.


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