Top cops' meet to discuss Maoism, communalism

Top cops' meet to discuss Maoism, communalism

IB slack on tackling Left terror: States

Flaring up of communal tension in the country post Assam ethnic violence, presence of North-East insurgent groups in Myanmar and China, and left wing extremism will be deliberated upon by top cops at a three-day annual conference hosted by Intelligence Bureau from Thursday.

Sources said that a senior IB officer will give a presentation on “Action Plan to deal with Communal Situation in the Country” which had spread to Maharastra and other states after series of clashes between Bodos and illegal immigrants in Assam since mid July.  It will be followed by a panel discussion on the crucial subject.  It is not known whether the meet will also discuss the use of social media for inciting passion. The government was caught napping on ways to deal with cyber onslaught.

Next day, there will be a panel discussion on “North East: Continuing presence of Insurgent Groups in Myanmar, and even, possibly China”, as the two nations have not only been providing sanctuary to outlaws but also offering arms and other facilities.

The 47th Directors General and Inspectors General of Police Conference of 2012 will kickstart on Thursday morning with a welcome address by Intelligence Bureau director Nehchal Sandhu. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon will also address the gathering on the first day itself, while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will share his views on internal security challenges on Saturday. Sources said the prime minister will also felicitate police officers who won Olympic Medals on the concluding day. Red terror is the other internal security topic that will be intensely debated, which includes review of the Maoist problem in nine affected states, operation strategy and sharing of intelligence.

Though three sessions have been dedicated on the Left wing extremism, states governments are of the view that in comparison to Islamic terrorism, the IB is not paying enough  attention. In fact, the Andhra Pradesh State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) has managed to penetrate Maoists as recent counter strikes have happened more on Hyderabad’s inputs, including the arrest of a leader, who was incharge of Naxal research and development, in West Bengal and recent sezure of American rifle M16 in Jharkhand.
The home ministry said in an official communication that the DGPs and IGPs will have a separate interactive session with the PM during which they will brief him on key policing and internal security issues.