Saturday, November 11, 2006

STF to extend anti-Naxal operations

STF to extend anti-Naxal operations
Thursday November 9 2006 11:56 IST

MADURAI: The Special Task Force (STF) in the State would extend its anti-Naxalite operations to two more border districts of Tiruvallur and Vellore, said Director General of Police D Mukherjee.

Briefing journalists here on Wednesday, Mukherjee said the STF was already engaged in combing and surveillance operations in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts. Apart from these major assignments, the force would also give training to commandos, he added.

On the question of transfer of the case pertaining to the manufacture of shells in Chennai to Andhra Pradesh, Mukherjee answered in the affirmative, provided a request came from the Andhra police. He also expressed satisfaction over the conduct of investigation in Tamil Nadu.

Regarding the surging number of Lankan refugees with LTTE connections to the State, the DGP said the State police were always on ‘alert’ and added that the practice of transferring those suspected to be having links with the militant group to the special camps was on.

Mukherjee also said that the government was examining the recommendations of the committee set up to make amendments to the jail manual. Agreeing that the existing health scheme for police staff needed to be revised, the DGP assured that he ‘would look into it’ in order to ‘streamline’ the prevailing scheme for the benefit of the members.

Before addressing the media, the DGP held a session with top police officers, which was attended by Sanjeev Kumar, Inspector General (South Zone), M Chidambarasamy, Inspector General (IG) and Commissioner of Police, Madurai, and other top brass from the southern districts.

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