Centre, states to launch offensive against Naxals


The tri-junctions identified for the offensive are Andhra Pradesh-Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh; Orissa-Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh and West Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa.

Home ministry sources said around 40,000 paramilitary personnel will assist the respective state police forces in the soon-to-be-launched operations against what security experts have termed a potent and lethal insurgency.

Almost 7,000 specially trained troops in jungle warfare will also be part of the Central forces to be deployed for the prolonged counter-insurgency campaign to hunt down the guerrillas.
The Cabinet Committee on Security has already approved the new counter-insurgency plan against the Maoists, under which the states will have effective coordination with their police playing the leading role.

The anti-Naxal plan also includes a Rs 7,300-crore package for beginning developmental projects in areas cleared off Left-wing extremists.
Officials feel the Naxal menace, which now spread to 40,000 sq km  across the country, can be wiped out in  12 to 30 months. Around 25 lakh people live in the areas where the Maoists now have a free run.

The Naxalites have killed more than 2,600 people, including civilians, in 5,800 incidents in the last three years.

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