Jharkhand bureaucrats, top cops to meet Rajnath on Red rage
RANCHI: Jharkhand will seek the guidance of Union home minister Rajnath Singh to tackle left-wing extremism in the state where more than 500 security personnel have been killed by Maoists in the last one decade.
Jharkhand’s chief secretary, home secretary and DGP will participate in the maiden meeting of Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Friday. The home ministry has invited administration and police heads from 10 worst Maoist-affected states, including Jharkhand, to review rebel operations in these states.
The delegation from Jharkhand will make a presentation before Rajnath Singh, national security adviser Ajit Doval and home secretary Anil Goswami. The presentation has been made with utmost care and has also packed in achievements of the state police in tackling Red terror, said sources.
In January 2014, Anil Goswami had slammed the state leadership for not doing enough to tackle Maoists and had forced the government to introspect.
“It has been observed that most of the operations in Jharkhand are driven by the CRPF. The state police have largely been playing a secondary role. The absence of a pro-active intent and action on part of the district superintendent of police is a cause for concern,” Goswami’s letter to the then chief secretary R S Sharma had said.
It is likely that the delegation will have to face embarrassment for failing to conduct the Lok Sabha polls peacefully.
In a Maoist ambush on a polling party in Dumka, eight policemen and polling personnel were killed and around a dozen injured. Investigation revealed that lapses on the part of the police led to the incident.
It has been observed that in the past too Jharkhand has flouted the guidelines of the Union home ministry for the upgradation of special forces. Sources in the police said DGP Rajiv Kumar has minutely finalized the presentation to be delivered in the meeting. He was, however, unavailable for comments.
A delegation of chief secretary Sajal Chakrabarty, home secretary N N Pandey and DGP Rajiv Kumar left for Delhi on Thursday afternoon with all documents of Maoist operations and activities with them.
Police spokesperson Anurag Gupta said the presentation will give the details about the expenditure as part of the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme. “Compared to the past, Maoist incidents have come down in Jharkhand. A slide has also been prepared on the decline in such activities,” said Gupta.
A critical appraisal of operational performance of security forces, gaps in coordination between state police and central paramilitary forces will be discussed threadbare as will be the issue of bringing synergy among themselves on Friday, a home ministry official said.