New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Will chair a meeting of Chief Ministers of four Maoist-hit-states Chattisgarh, Telangana, Maharastra, orissa.With a special focus on carrying out anti-Naxal operations in the dense jungle of Bastar, the meeting will give stress on close coordination among state police forces and central paramilitary forces so that the Maoists do not escape from one state to other.
A majority of casualty in Naxal violence in recent past has come from the Bastar region, forcing the Centre to firm up an urgent initiative to counter the rebels. The meeting will also be attended by DGPs of all four states, heads of paramilitary forces and senior Home Ministry officials. A total of 14 CRPF personnel were killed by Maoists in December last year in Sukma district in Bastar region.
More than 25 people, including Congress leaders Mahendra Karma and others, were killed in an ambush carried out by Naxals at Jiramghati in Bastar region in May 2013. Congress leader V C Shukla, who was injured in the ambush, died later. 76 CRPF personnel were killed by the rebels in Dantewada in Bastar region in April 2010. The central government has deployed nearly one lakh personnel of paramilitary forces in these affected states to deal with the rebels.