Tuesday, December 22, 2009




Governor of Chhatisgarh
asks Union Home Minister not to visit
Dandewada Naxal inflicted areas

By  R Rajagopalan

In an unusual way the Governor of Chhatisgarh ESL Narasimhan wrote to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to resist the temptation of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to visit Naxal affected areas in Raipur and Dandewada on January 7, 2010 During this visit P Chidambaram shall undertake  padayatra on Jan 7, 2009

This is the first time that a Governor stops the official visit of
a union home minister.

ESL Narasimhan is a former Indian Police Service officer of
Andhra Pradesh cadre. Now a Governor of Chhatisgarh.

In a two pages letter to Prime Minister ESL Narasimhan,
said that during operations, such a high dignatory visit would
hamper the strategies and tactics.

P Chidambaram has plans to spend one night with the NGOs
in Naxal affected areas in Chhatisgarh.

ESL Narasimhan having spent 35 years in Intelligence Bureau
and held Director of IB before moving into Raipur Raj Bhavan
Hence Governor knows the operational difficulties in such
Maoisit inflicted areas in his state.

Contacted to speak to Governor or the senior PMO office
for reaction, ADC to Governor said that Governor refuses
to speak to media. Such was blunt reply. However, Union Home Ministry in North Block confirmed the receipt of a letter
from ESL Narasimhan to Prime Minister, as they had received
a copy for advance information. But refused divulge the details.
Meanwhile, Operation Anti-Red Terror has been set into 
motion with some 80,000 highly-armed personnel drawn 
from three central paramilitary forces and thousands of 
state policemen fanning out to take on the Maoists in the
three most Naxal-affected districts in central India 
. The districts where the offensive is being unleashed 
are Kanker and Rajnandgaon districts in Chhattisgarh, 
and Gadchiroli in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra
The task assigned to them is to drive out the Maoists 
and free the areas under their influence, so as to 
allow government agencies to launch development 
works and restore law and order.
Officials in New Delhi asserted that a 
clear-cut line has been given to the forces to avoid 
violent conflicts unless they become imperative..
"If they retreat we are not going to hunt and kill them. 
They may, however, not retreat peacefully so we are 
prepared for any attacks. The forces have been 
specially trained to tackle guerrilla-type strikes,
 as we do not expect them to get into a head-on 
confrontation, especially when we have pushed in 
a large number of forces to outnumber them," a 
top official who is coordinating the operation said.

The Central Reserve Police Force, Border 
Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police 
and state police are carrying out the operation jointly.
In the first phase, the forces will move deep into 
the interiors of the forest areas to set up their 
outposts. Once they establish themselves, they 
will venture further into remote areas to mount 
an onslaught to cleanse the area of Maoists.
The official said the offensive will include house
 to house searches but there will be no violence 
unless the forces are attacked. Even their 
response will be limited to drive out those
 mounting the attacks, he said.

"Once we clean out the areas, the district 
administration will step in with development
works. Our task is limited to neutralising the 
Maoists who are not allowing the government 
staff to do any work in the areas under their 
control, and to drive them out," the official added.



1 comment:

pavan said...

wht is ur take on present situation of andhra??????????????????????????????