New Delhi: Stressing upon the need for choking of the financial resources of the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) cadres and groups, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday preferred the use of modern technology like UAVs, GPS tracking, thermal imaging, radar and satellite images to counter the Naxal violence.
Rooting for a specific action plan for each theatre with clearly defined short term, medium term and long term strategies to tackle LWE violence, Mr. Singh said: “Today, we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of any incident or we should be more proactive. LWE cadres are constantly trying to inflict losses on security forces to boost the morale of their cadres.’’
Presiding over a review meeting in the wake of the recent killing of 25 CRPF jawans in Sukma in Chhattisgarh, he said the martyrdom of the security forces will not go in vain. “The day is not far when this mindless violence will end,’’ he said.
The meeting was called to work out an integrated strategy of security and by giving impetus to development in the 35 worst affected districts so that the LWE influence can be eliminated. Accusing the LWE of weakening the democracy in the country, Mr. Singh reminded them that India is the largest democracy in the world and efforts to suppress democracy through the influence of the gun will never succeed.
The Home Minister said that Unified Coordination and Command was needed on the LWE front. Smart leadership full of self-confidence with a solid vision should prepare the teams in a mission mode, he said.
Mr. Singh offered the idea of SAMADHAN or solution to counter the LWE menace which means S- Smart Leadership, A- Aggressive Strategy, M- Motivation and Training, A- Actionable Intelligence, D – Dashboard Based Key Performance Indicators and Key Result Areas, H- Harnessing Technology, A- Action plan for each Theatre, N- No access to Financing.
In what seemed like a forward-looking, tech-based mutli-pronged strategy, Mr. Singh argued in favour of pressing technologies pertaining to space, IT and communication on a greater scale to counter LWE problem. At the same time, he said, shadow intelligence officers should also be deputed to track prominent targets associated with LWE.
Pointing out that security forces must adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Mr. Singh said their residential camps should be well equipped with power and water supply and have better connectivity.
“The forces on the ground level should not lack leadership. Unity of purpose and unity of action are essential for the success of operations. We must ensure that States take the ownership of LWE operations with the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) actively cooperating with them,’’ he said. The Home Minister, however, also said only ”silver bullets” were not a solution to the issue. “We have to work on imaginative thinking on the whole situation so that we can “Out Think” and “Out Manoeuvre” the LWE,’’ he added.
”There was need of coordination and command at all levels to tackle the Naxal violence,” Mr Singh said while chairing a meeting of Chief Ministers of 10 LWE-affected states. He said the presence of forces should instil fear in the Left Wing Extremists and a sense of confidence among the local people and tribals – ‘Let your action speak for itself’’.
He said that 12000 citizens have lost their lives in violent activities of the Left Wing Extremists over the past two decades and out of these 2700 are jawans of the security forces and the remaining 9300 are innocent and common people.
Dubbing LWE as “anti-development’’, he said their cadres not only target the security forces but also public property like roads, culverts, railway tracks, electricity and telephone towers, hospitals, schools, anganwadi and panchayat bhawans.
“It is evident from the destruction caused by the Left Wing Extremists that they do not want people to get facilities and access to the development, in the remote and inaccessible areas, because these facilities provide the path of economic and social progress, to the local people. It also joins them to the mainstream of the nation. The cancer of LWE flourishes in poverty or backwardness. Therefore, the LWE strategy is to ensure that the people of this area stay without electricity, without road, without education, so that the vested interest of the LWE continues unabated,’’ he told the high-level meeting. Top officials from various Central ministries, NSA and Director of theIntelligence Bureau, Chief Secretaries and Police Chiefs also attended the review meeting. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and West Bengal were invited to attend the meeting.