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Is Chidambaram clueless on tackling Maoists?
With out giving training to his personnel atleast on par with Maoists, providing them modern communication system, more than that update intelligence inputs, how can Chidambaram fight against Maoists?
HIGH PROFILE Union Home Minister P Chidambaram seems to be clueless on how to tackling Maoists threat in the country. In fact, he was shocked with the killing of 76 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in an ambush by Maoists.
 
Immediately after ambush, he announced several retaliation steps in an emotional tone. They include deploying army personal to tackle Maoists, including unmanned helicopters. His emotions were cooled down by defence minister A K Antony refusing to deploy army.
 
The Army Chief’s observation that CRPF personnel, who were victims of Maoists ambush were not properly trained to suit the situation, tells a sorry state of affairs.  The pressure of the incident was such that the Home Minister was forced to offer his resignation, which was later rejected by the government.
In fact, way back in 2006, Dr Manmohan Singh said that “the single largest threat to India’s internal security comes from Maoists”. But since then, the efforts of the Government of India to tackle the threat were more meteoritic, but nothing in concrete.
 
Atleast, now Chidambaram should realize that mere deployment of forces may not help to meet this threat. It is high time to realize that no where in the world, we have knowledge of tackling threats from private armed groups by using mere force. That too deploying army.

 
The first such success witnessed in the entire world was in Punjab, where the militant threat was tackled by the police under the leadership of K P S Gill. We should remember here army was not deployed. More than Gill’s greatness, the `political will’ demonstrated by the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao and Punajb Chief Minister Besant Singh helped more. More than all this, it was the common people of Punjab, who were fed up with militants, revolted against them and helped the police.

 
Other example comes from Sri Lanka, where last year the military using brutal force crushed LTTE. Very recently, we have witnessed a partial success in Andhra Pradesh, where key-leaders of Maoists were caught and most of them were killed by the police. This was mostly possible due to mistakes of Maoists with their unmindful massacre of dalits and tribals, they lost hide outs, recruitment and their courier system was demolished.

 
Grey Hounds, the most specialized trained police in the entire country, created by AP Police to tackle Maoists, made use of this situation to their advantage and succeeded in alienating Maoists from their support base. So most of the Maoists leaders, leading its movement in other states, have migrated from Andhra Pradesh.

 
Except Grey Hounds in Andhra Pradesh, the police personnel, including CRPF were not trained properly to tackle Maoists in the country. This was proved in Mukhrana of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh. After this incident, Jharkhand Home secretary J B Tubid and DGP Nevaz Ahmad conducted a test to know the capacities of their officers, who are working in Maoists infested areas.

The results were shocking. They were asked to fire 10 rounds from their AK-47s at targets 100 yards away. Among 124 officers present, as many as 38, which comes to 30 per cent, failed to hit target even once. Only 22 hit the bull’s-eye, while 27 hit the target at least five times.

 
The policemen, who can not shoot 100 yards target are now working in the Maoists infested areas. Is Chidambaram aware of this fact? Without giving training to his personnel atleast ot par with Maoists, providing them modern communication system, more than that update intelligence inputs, how can Chidambaram fight against Maoists?
 
The expanding network of Maoist activities in the country and their improving sophistication in attacks must be an eye-opener to the Home Minister.

 
The Hong Kong-based Asia Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said that probably a way of dealing with Maoists is for the Government to take immediate measures to address Maoist recruitment in rural India.

 
Sheer use of force and other ill-conceived tactics adopted by the government so far, like the formation of village defense forces and forced migration of villagers into guarded camps with limited freedom have not only divided the rural population, but has also resulted in generating grievances against the State. Such steps have only benefited the local landlords and those politicians with tainted credentials like some in the Chhattisgarh State Assembly.

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