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West Bengal DG rule out aerial attack against Maoists
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 30:
Published on 30 Oct. 2009 11:22 PM IST
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Ruling out the possibility of aerial attack to flush out Maoists, West Bengal Director General of Police, Bhupinder Singh today exuded confidence that the problem would be sorted out. “The Maoists issue cannot be solved overnight. There was no overnight solution to the problem of insurgency either in Kashmir or Northeast either,’’ he told reporters here. Singh was here attending the two-day annual conference of DGPs and IGPs conference of the North Eastern states to highlight the ongoing Maoists violence which could have an implication in the insurgency-prone region. “Aerial attack is not a solution, we are already dealing with the problem and it will take time to end the cycle of violence,’’ the West Bengal Police Chief said. On the possible spil-over of Maoist activities in the North Eastern states, Singh said so far the West Bengal police have not come across Maoists having linkages with any Northeast based insurgent groups. “So far, the Maoists operate from remotes areas of West Bengal which are thousands kilometres away from Assam,’’ he said. Singh, however, refused to comment when asked whether external agencies are extending similar support to the Maoists like the one to the North East insurgent groups. “I am not aware whether the Maoists are getting external help as far as procurement of arms and ammunition are concerned, but most of their arms are those looted from the security personnel either in West Bengal or Jharkhand,’’ he stated. Singh admitted that the security personnel have not succeeded much due to the inaccessible terrain. “It is challenging task for us especially in Bengal-Jharkhand border to tackle the Maoists due to inaccessible terrain,’’ he said. “Another constraint that we are facing to counter the Maoists is also due to the people’s support, especially from PCPA,’’ Singh added. He, however, said that the police are on the job to track down Maoists leaders, including M Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji for fomenting violence in West Bengal.

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