Friday, December 08, 2006

Intelligence strengthened to deal with Naxalism: Patil

Intelligence strengthened to deal with Naxalism: Patil


New Delhi, Dec 5: Home Minister, Mr Shivraj Patil today said the special security and intelligence structures were being streamlined to effectively deal with the naxalite menace in various parts of the country.

The government was pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to address the naxal problem on political, security and development fronts, the home minister said, replying to supplementaries on the naxal menace which was growing in many states.

Mr Patil said the home ministry was taking the matter seriously and coordinating and cooperating with the naxal affected state governments to tackle the situation. The Centre had provided 37 battalions—37000 men and officials of the security forces— to the states to curb the naxal activities. However, since law and order problem was the state responsibility, deployment of forces had been left to the state government.

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