Rajnath calls for financial choking of Maoists

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Declaring an all out war, Singh stressed on "unity of purpose" and spoke of unified coordination and command to counter left wing extremism. "The situation calls for serious analysis, strategic review and calibrated action", Patnaik said.

The Naxal problem can not be resolved through "silver bullets" or any shortcut but through short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions, said Mr Singh, who is chairing the meeting.

"There is need to depute shadow intelligence officers to track prominent targets associated with Left Wing Extremism (LWE)", he said, adding, "We must ensure that states take the ownership of LWE operations and CAPFs actively cooperating with them".

Around 12,000 security personnel lost their lives in Maoist violence in the last 20 years. He added that the groups would "never succeed in suppressing democracy and development in the country".

"Today we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of any incident or we should be more proactive", he said.

The meeting was attended by chief ministers, chief secretaries, director generals of police of the respective state governments, director generals of Central and state police forces, the defence secretary and the Intelligence Bureau chief as well as collectors and police chiefs of 35 worst-affected districts. To prevent use of looted weapons and pilfered explosives by Maoists, forces were advised to have trackers in weapons and gear like bullet-proof jackets, biometrics in smart gun triggers and unique identification number for gelatine and other explosive materials.

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Home ministry sources said now 90 per cent of Maoist activity is limited to 35 districts, though the ultra-Left guerrillas have pockets of influence in 68 districts in 10 states.

Mr. Singh also asked the CAPF personnel to learn and respect the local customs and traditions of tribals, wherever they are posted. Also, aids like PTZ cameras, Global Positioning System tracking and satellite imagery must be employed. The Central Reserve Police Force had moved its strategic command headquarters for anti-Maoist operations from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh.

It said issues like role of states in assisting paramilitary forces in their operations, raising and employment of India Reserve Battalions and Special India Reserve Battalion were expected to be part of the discussion.

"We have to bring aggression in our policy, there should be aggression in our thinking, aggression in our strategy, aggression in deployment of security forces, aggression in operations, aggression in bringing development, aggression in road construction".

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.

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