Fearing attacks by Naxals, govt reschedules meet of SPs

Fearing attacks by Naxals, govt reschedules meet of SPs

Apprehending Naxal attacks against police officers during their travel, Home Ministry has rescheduled a meeting of the top cops of the 27 worst Maoist- hit districts convened here as the dates have been leaked.

The two-day meeting of the Superintendents of Police and commandants of paramilitary forces deployed in the 27 districts was convened in the wake of the July 3 killing of Amarjit Balihar, the SP of Jharkhand's Pakur district, by Maoists.

The meeting scheduled to be held on July 26-27 has been postponed following a request by CRPF which thought that leak of dates could make the officers vulnerable to being targeted by Maoists during their journey to the national capital, sources said.

Maoists are known for brutal attacks on convoy of police and paramilitary forces and even on political parties when they travel through their strongholds.

Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami, Director of Intelligence Bureau Asif Ibrahim, Inspector Generals in-charge of operations in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha will attend the conference whose new dates have been kept secret.

The meeting is expected to review the anti-Naxal strategy, the success and reverses received so far and the methodology taken by the Maoists to carry out their attacks as well as how to face the new challenges on the ground.

The Home Ministry has chosen Mohd Suvez Haque, SP of Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, to brief the gathering on the innovative methods adopted by him to tackle Left wing extremism.

Haque has been chosen to give a presentation at the meeting on the methods adopted by him to take on the Maoists, the sources said.

Haque, 34, is an officer of the 2005 batch of Indian Police Service. He is a chemical engineer and is considered to be very efficient in dealing with Left wing violence. 

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