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Home Ministry cautions Chhattisgarh government over attacks on police


New Delhi, June 21: Anguished over frequent naxal attacks on security personnel in Chhattisgarh, the Union Home Ministry has cautioned the state government that it should take steps to ensure that the police did not get exposed to unnecessary risks.

The MHA has advised the State to take all possible precautions to ensure that the police did not get exposed to unnecessary risks, particularly day-time operations, sources in the Ministry on Wednesday said.

The Centre's advise was conveyed to the State Government during the recent visit of the Additional Secretary (Naxal Management) in the Union Home Ministry Vinay Kumar.

In the latest incident on May 28, Maoists laid booby traps in Kudur village, 435 km from Raipur, killing an Assistant Sub Inspector, a Head Constable and seven constables of Mardapal police station in Bastar district.

In March, 50 security personnel were killed and over a dozen others injured when naxalites opened indiscriminate fire and hurled grenades and petrol bombs at a police base camp in Bijapur district of the state.

Taking serious note of the sudden spurt in naxal attacks, the State Government has set up anti-naxal cells in six more districts. Thus, out of 20 districts, such cells are in operation in 16 districts now.

With the militants using landmines, the MHA has given permission to the State Government to construct concrete roads so that laying of mines became difficult.

Besides discussing the response of the state police in dealing with the naxal problem, the central team reviewed the pace of development and employment generating activities to wean away misguided youth, they added.

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posted by Resistance 6/21/2007 06:49:00 PM,

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