Naxal problem can't be solved through 'silver bullets': Rajnath Singh

Rajiv Mehrishi said government's demonetisation move helped choke Maoist funds

The decision came in the wake of the April 24 Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, that left 25 CRPF troopers dead.

Stressing the need for pre-emptive action, Singh said: "Should we react only after the attack?"

Pointing out that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is sub-optimal now, the Home Minister added that Mini UAVs are proving to be extremely useful and should be procured in more quantities.

The Home Minister further said that 12,000 Indian citizens-2,700 security personnel and 9,300 innocent civilians - had lost their lives in violent activities of the left-wing extremists.

The destruction caused by them shows that they do not want people to get facilities and access to the development in the remote and inaccessible areas that can help them join the mainstream society, the Home Minister stressed.

Stating that left-wing extremists mostly looted weapons, Singh said that technologies like trackers in weapons, shoes and bullet-proof jackets, biometrics in smart gun triggers, and unique identification numbers in gelatin and other explosive materials should be used.

"I am convinced that the martyrdom of our security forces will not go in vain".

"We have to ensure that the states take ownership in the anti-Naxal operations where central armed police force will cooperate fully", said Singh.

"There is need to depute shadow intelligence officers to track prominent targets associated with Left Wing Extremism (LWE)", Singh said.

Under the SRE Scheme, Singh said, reimbursement of security-related expenses such as ex-gratia, transportation, training, honorarium for special police officers etc, was done by the central government in 106 districts of 10 states.

Other technologies being considered include high resolution PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking, hand-held thermal imaging, radar, satellite imaging etc.

"Left Wing Extremism is one of the most critical internal security challenges faced by the nation in present times and the recent incident of attack on the security forces in Sukma area of Chhattisgarh is highly disconcerting".

"A holistic review of the situation will be undertaken covering a wide canvas of security and development issues, particularly infrastructure building", he said.

Ahead of the crucial meeting, the strategic command headquarters of CRPF's anti-Naxal operations was shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur on Sunday.

The central zone, an operational field formation, was set up on August 7, 2009, and was tasked with the responsibility of deployment of CRPF troops in the entire "red belt" of states hit by Naxalite violence including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The chief ministers highlighted the need for sharing intelligence inputs, better coordination, need for deployment of more CAPF forces and unfilled vacancies in state police forces among issues.

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