Meeting on Monday to review security in Maoist-hit states

Naxals attack security force's mine-protected vehicle in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli

Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena said 10 more Maoists were detained today from Kukanar area.

As many as 19 Maoists, nine of them allegedly involved in the deadly attack on CRPF personnel last week, were today arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, police said.

Twenty-five CRPF jawans were killed in the attack in Sukma on April 24 on a road-opening party moving towards Chintagufa area.

"We are getting some preliminary reports that the troops, caught in the blast, belong to the C-60 force of the Maharashtra Police that conducts anti-Naxal operations".

Ahead of the crucial meeting, the strategic command headquarters of CRPF's anti-Naxal operations was shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh.

Chief ministers of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have been invited to the meeting which would be chaired by Singh.

The note says that the Centre has taken a serious view of the infrequent "meeting of unified command".

The court asked Kumar to report to DG CRPF on Saturday and also directed the department not to assault him. The Centre will also instruct state police chiefs to conduct inter-state joint exercises, since numerous strongholds of the Maoists are in the border areas of two or three states.

Capacity building and intelligence issues like vacancies in state police forces, capacity building of state intelligence units will be discussed at the meeting. The Home Ministry will also lay emphasis on the use of modern technologies by security forces, including increased use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and body heat sensors.

Union ministers incharge of ministries of road and transport, railways, civil aviation, rural development, power and telecom will be present to bolster the plan on road to telecom connectivity and electrification of villages in the areas.

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