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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Manmohan rules out deploying army to counter Maoists

"It shows the measure of challenge we face. We will never succumb," Singh told reporters in Raichur, about 400 km from here, after he made an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas in parts of north Karnataka.
"We are not talking of using armed forces. Police and paramilitary forces will be mobilized," the prime minister said.
Maoists had killed 17 policemen in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra Thursday in the latest attack by them on police and police stations.
Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force, A.S. Gill, had recently said that four new commando battalions will be added to the paramilitary forces especially to fight left wing extremism, giving rise to speculation that Home Ministry is preparing ground for a full blown war against Naxals.
Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force, A.S. Gill, said that four new commando battalions will be added to the paramilitary forces especially to fight left wing extremism.
"We are raising another three battalions this year, there is going to be one female battalion, the 'Mahila battalion' as we call it and two other battalions are going to be raised this year, in addition to that we are in the process of raising four commando battalions....this will be basically for the LWE region, the Left Wing Extremist areas,' Gill told reporters.
Gill said that the steps would be generating confidence amongst the tribals in Maoist infected areas and help them get over the fear that has been instilled in them, so that they can cooperate with the forces.
Gill also said that the CRPF was keeping up with the latest technological advancements to maintain its efficiency and keep up its fight against terrorism and Maoists.
RAF is a specialised wing of the Indian CRPF, the world's largest paramilitary force that has 203 battalions and is the main striking force against the insurgents in the northeast, Jammu and Kashmir and Maoists affected areas.


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