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Open to changes in CRPF to tackle Maoists: DG
NEW DELHI/ KOLKATA, OCT 6 (IANS):
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Published on 7 Oct. 2010 1:29 AM IST
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New Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General K. Vijay Kumar Wednesday said he was open to making “structural and procedural changes” in his paramilitary force to meet “multi-faceted challenges”, primarily the Maoists. “Changes, both structural and procedural, can be considered” to make the CRPF functioning effective, Vijay Kumar said at a press conference at the CRPF headquarters here soon after he took over as the director general.
However, policy-level decisions will be taken only with with the approval of “my higher-ups like the home minister (P. Chidambaram),” he added.
Vijay Kumar said the CRPF personnel were not “demoralised to tackle the Maoists”, who have some advantage because of the “silence of villagers”.
“The villagers may be silent because of fear,” he added. The director general said the removal of CRPF bunkers in Srinagar was part of the eight-point peace plan approved at the “highest level of the central government”.
“We will see how it works. If it does not work, we will see what is to be done,” he said. Earlier, outgoing CRPF director general Vikram Srivastava handed over the baton to Vijay Kumar at a ceremony at the headquarters.
An IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, 58-year-old Vijay Kumar shot to fame when he headed the special task force (STF) against forest brigand Veerappan, who was gunned down in October 2004.
He was serving as director of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, till the new appointment.
Vijay Kumar has also served with the Special Protection Group team that provided security to then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and the Border Security Force - posted as the inspector-general of police (Operations) in Jammu and Kashmir in the 1990s.
Will defeat Maoists like in 1970s: Buddhadeb
The West Bengal government will crush the Maoist menace like it did in 1970-71, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said Wednesday.
“The Maoist problem is not the continuation of the earlier Naxalite problem, which started from Naxalbari. This is completely new. They have chosen that area not because poor people or tribals live there but because of the difficult terrain,” Bhattacharjee said in an interactive session with industrialists organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
He said most of the Maoists operating in West Bengal were from neighbouring Jharkhand and Orissa.
Maoists are active particularly in three districts of West Bengal - Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore. Bhattacharjee said 28 police station areas in the western part of the state were disturbed due to Maoist activities.
“As we have defeated the Naxalite (movement) in 1970-71, both politically and administratively, this time also they (Maoists) will not be able to stray in other parts of the state. In our state, I will not allow them to spread in other parts,” he said.
The Naxalite movement that originated in West Bengal in May 1970 quickly spread to many parts of India, leaving thousands dead. Partly because of internal schism, security forces crushed the movement in the early 1970s.
The present Communist Party of India-Maoist claims to follow the ideals of Charu Mazumdar, the godfather of the original Indian Maoist insurgency.
Meanwhile, two persons were arrested from Bastar district of Chhattisgarh for helping Naxals and seized cash and naxal material from them, police said.
The youths--Vaika alias Suklal and Ghassuram—were apprehended from Mardum police limits, on a tip off received by the STF and the police force in the area, Bastar Superintendent P Sunderraj told PTI.
Police quizzed the duo and recovered naxal material including Rs 29,000 cash, mobiles, speakers ,spectacles and pamphlets, he said.
Sunderraj said that those working as intermediaries would be dealt strictly and asked people to desist from providing any kind of aid to Naxals.

 
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