Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir will hold a meeting over the deadly Sukma attack. In the meeting, Ahir will discuss about a meeting which is scheduled to be held on May 8 in Delhi. Ten chief ministers and top civil and police officers of Naxal-hit states were invited to attend the meeting convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital. Ahir also has visited the injured CRPF personnel in the hospital. As many as 25 CRPF personnel were killed in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. Before that On March 11, 12 paramilitary personnel were killed by the Naxals in the same district.
It has been learned that Chief ministers of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh are expected to take part in the crucial meeting where the anti-Naxal strategy will be reviewed, a senior Home Ministry official was quoted as saying by PTI. Chief secretaries and directors general of police of the 10 states will also attend besides chiefs of paramilitary forces.
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Meanwhile, a high-level meeting of the Unified Command will be held this week in Chhattisgarh to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to hit Maoists. Chief Minister Raman Singh has called the meeting on May 5 in Raipur, officials said. The top brass of central paramilitary forces, the Chhattisgarh police, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and state government authorities responsible for the administration in Bastar and other Naxal violence hit districts of the state will take part in the meeting, they said, as per PTI report.
Notably, the Unified Command was created in all the Maoist violence affected states in the aftermath of the 2010 Dantewada attack where 75 CRPF personnel and a state policeman, were killed in a deadly ambush carried out by Naxals. The Command is chaired by the respective chief ministers, the PTI report said.
Officials privy to the preparations for the meeting told PTI that the chief minister had asked security forces to prepare a list of all human and technical support and said they need to conduct operations in these areas including the southern border of the state that touches Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They said the forces have been also asked to prepare a list of police stations and camps of the Central Reserve Police Force, the Border Security Force and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) that require fortification and need other daily requirements for troops.