Home Minister Amit Shah to chair review meet on Naxal issue with CMs of 10 states

New Delhi: Home minister Amit Shah has called for a meeting with chief ministers of Naxal-affected states on Sunday to “review left-wing extremism and related issues on both security and development.” Director Generals of Police, chief secretaries and heads of paramilitary forces will also attend the meeting, said official sources.

"The meeting is significant as it is learnt to push fresh strategy in the fight against the left-wing extremism (LWE) in 10 Naxal affected states," the official added. The meeting will reportedly be held in Vigyan Bhawan where Chief Ministers of all the 10 Naxal-affected states viz. Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh -  or their representatives will apprise about the current situation in their states and the progress of developmental projects. Director Generals of Police along with chief secretaries of these ten states and heads of paramilitary forces will also attend the meeting where Intelligence Bureau is expected to make a presentation on the issue.

Sources confirmed that an invitation was sent from Union Home Minister Shah's office earlier this week to take stock of Naxal activities and discuss measures on how to tackle Naxalism. The centre is stated to be planning to intensify operations in Naxal-affected areas in Chhattisgarh where major attacks were witnessed in the last few years hitting security forces.

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