Operation against outlawed Maoists who have posed a serious challenge to the internal security of the country will be intensified further by the state police and paramilitary forces soon, said Security Advisor to Union Home Ministry (UHM) on anti-Naxal operation K Vijay Kumar.
Talking to mediapersons outside the district police office during his visit on Friday, Kumar said the operation will not take us very far unless developmental concerns are also effectively addressed. “The two-pronged strategy that we have followed so far needs to be strengthened and pursued with vigour,” he added.
“Even as we intensify our efforts to strengthen the security and intelligence apparatus in areas affected by Maoist violence, we should be able to ensure that people residing in Left wing extremist affected areas are able to live in an environment of peace and security and derive full benefits of development efforts,” Kumar added. While environmental issues are undoubtedly important, it is vital to keep in mind the backwardness of the area and the challenge posed by the extremists, he asserted.
Underlining the need for better coordination between the State police and the Central forces like BSF and CRPF in Odisha and Chhattisgarh to take on the Maoists more effectively, he said the anti-Maoist operation is heading on the right track.