New Delhi/Bangalore: Rather than battle the Naxalites, the Karnataka government is actively considering offering them a surrender and rehabilitation package, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said on Sunday.Addressing the chief ministers’ conference on internal security in New Delhi, he said it was due to the government’s determined efforts that the Naxal menace was under control in Karnataka. “Though there were a few threats and an attack on the police by Naxals, for the first time in the past three years, no policemen or civilian was killed by Naxals. More than 44 Naxals and their supporters were arrested during the year, which is the highest in many years in the state.’’ Since S M Krishna’s tenure, successive state governments have been offering rehabilitation packages to Naxals. BSY offers Centre land to set up police IT centre New Delhi/Bangalore:
Maintaining that Karnataka is a sensitive state, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday urged the Centre to set up a separate internal security division in the state. He also offered the Centre land to set up a national police IT research and development centre, to utilize technology for more effective policing. He made these suggestions at the chief ministers’ summit on internal security in New Delhi. Expressing satisfaction at the
progress made in internal security after the last such conference held in August 2009, Yeddyurappa said, “We have set up a unified command and control of the three important components of internal security — terrorism, coastal security and Naxal menace — under the internal security division, headed by an additional DGP. There are separate contingents for coastal security and anti-Naxal operations, comprising more
than 600 police personnel of various ranks. Within the internal security division, one IGP is heading the anti-terrorist cell, which also functions as a central database for all terrorrelated information in the state,’’ Yeddyurappa told the gathering.