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Archive for April 17th, 2007

Bihar Govt. Seeks Special Package to Combat Extremism

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 17, 2007

The Nitish government, following a high-level meeting with top Bihar bureaucrats on Monday, asked the Central government to provide a special package of Rs. 19 crore to battle extremism saying the money would be utilized to initiate various development schemes as that was the only way to end radicalism in Bihar.

The meeting was also attended by the Additional Home Secretary (Naxal Operation) Vinay Kumar who said a final decision on the proposal will be taken after holding meetings with Union Ministers.

“Though overall the Naxal-sponsored violence has lessened in Bihar since 2005, it still remains a huge problem in the state. To combat extremism, currently there are 30 companies of para-military force in Bihar to keep such activities in check,” Kumar said.

Among those who were present in the meeting included Bihar Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah, Chief Secretary A. K. Chowdhary, Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Ranjan Sinha, and a number of senior officials from various branches of the law enforcement agencies

PatnaDaily News

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Naxal violence showed declining trend in 2006 in Bihar: Home Ministry official

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 17, 2007

Naxal violence showed a declining trend during 2006. Disclosing the fact, Union Home Minister’s Additional Secretary (Naxal Operation) Vinay Kumar said that violence was reported from 395 police stations in the country in 2006 against 450 police stations during 2005.

In Bihar, violence was reported from 69 police stations in 2006 against 80 police stations during 2005. He said 30 companies of the para-military force were deployed in Bihar to assist the State police in carrying out anti-Naxal operation.

When asked whether he was satisfied with the Bihar government’s efforts to deal with Naxal problem, the Additional Secretary replied in affirmative and said that there had been a remarkable decline in the incidents of Naxal violence in Bihar during 2006.

Earlier, Bihar Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah said the extremists have stepped up their activities during the initial three months of the current year. “We have also apprised the Centre of our growing concern. As per reports, the Naxals have decided to target Bihar this year,” he said.

He attributed the reason to Bihar police success in apprehending the top-ranking leaders of the outfit. During 2006, the police arrested 441 extremists, including 10 zonal commanders and 30 area commanders. Moreover, 16 extremists surrenders before the police while 6 were killed in police encounters,” he said.

According to the Home Secretary, 29 regular weapons, 110 country-made weapons, 6 grenades, 11 can bombs, 23 detonators, 49 kg explosive and 3 kg RDX were seized by the police during anti-Naxal operation in 2006. “It seems that intensive drive against the ultras has compelled them to fight for their survival,” he added.

Hindustan Times

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