Thursday, June 5, 2014

India Modi's government wants to unify armed forces against people's war

Securitymen await BJP government’s decision on using armed forces against Naxals
NEW DELHI: The security establishment at the Union Home Ministry is keenly watching if the Narendra Modiled government will bite the bullet on using the armed forces in its fight against the Naxals as proposed to the Cabinet by the Home Ministry under the tenure of P Chidambaram in 2012. The move was thwarted by the Defence Ministry then. ET has accessed a note put before the Cabinet Committee on Security by the Home Ministry in 2012 which had proposed using Indian Air Force gunships to strike against the Naxals if there was clear and specific intelligence of their presence in an area. It was proposed that in case there was specific intelligence that there was a “large congregation of armed military platoons” of Naxals in a particular area, IAF gunships could be used to attack them from air.

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