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Maoist problem need more sensitivity

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS)
Published on 27 Nov. 2012 11:31 PM IST
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Maoist problem in India is mainly because of years of deprivation and injustice to tribal and poor people of rural India, and hence the issue needs to be handled sensitively, say decorated police officers.

This view was shared by K. Vijay Kumar, former director general of Central Reserve Police Force, and Mahendra Kumawat, former director general of the Border Security Force. These officers had led successful campaigns against Maoists -- Vijay Kumar in Chhattisgarh and Kumawat in Andra Pradesh.

The officers were speaking Tuesday at a discussion on ‘State Response to Left Wing Extremism: A Report Card’ organised by Observer Research Foundation, a multi-disciplinary think tank.

Vijay Kumar, who led his force in one of India’s biggest campaign against Maoists with deployment of more than 80,000 policemen and achieved major successes, said the Maoist problem should be handled with “little more sensitivity”, an ORF statement said.

“If we handle this issue with much more sensitivity, I think, we will be able to make much more impact,” he said. “There is a possibility for blending more development and security efforts.”

He pointed out that because of lack of special powers to the force who are fighting this problem, which was described by the prime minister as independent India’s greatest challenge, the forces are facing some difficulty as the Maoists keep moving from state to state.

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