RAIPUR: Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain today met Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh here and the two discussed a host of issues related to the state security, including the menace of naxal violence and ways to tackle it. Jain, an IPS officer, who was on his maiden visit to the Naxal-affected state, paid a courtesy visit to Singh at his official residence here, an official here told PTI.
During an hour-long meeting between the CM and Jain, the discussion was mainly about coordination between the central and state forces and optimum usage of intelligence outputs forwarded by the agency, he said. There was discussion on imparting pace to the socio- economic development of the area including the infrastructural growth like road building and setting up telecommunication facilities, he said. Recruitment of youths from Bastar region in police and central forces was also another issue discussed at the meeting, he added. Jain was on a two-day visit of the state since yesterday.
His visit is considered as crucial as it comes at a time when the security agencies are on high alert following the deadly attack on CRPF personnel last month in Sukma. Jain also visited Sukma yesterday to take stock of the security situation there. Subsequently, he held a meeting with senior state and paramilitary officials at Jagdalpur (Bastar district headquarter) to review the ongoing counter-insurgency operations, the official said.
During the meeting at Jagdalpur, detailed information was exchanged on recent attacks that had taken place in Bhejji and Burkapal area of Sukma, he added. On April 24, Naxalites had ambushed a CRPF patrol party in the Burkapal area under Chintagufa police station, in which 25 security personnel were killed. Earlier on March 11, twelve CRPF personnel were killed in a Naxal attack in Bhejji area.