Home Minister Rajnath Singh began a day-long security review meeting on May 8 with Chief Ministers of Maoist-affected states after the leftist rebels killed at least 25 jawans in Chhattisgarh on April 24.

Addressing the meet HM Rajnath Singh said, ‘there is need to depute shadow intelligence officers to track prominent targets associated with Left Wing Extremism (LWE). We must ensure that states take the ownership of LWE operations and CAPFs actively cooperating with them,’ he further added.’

‘Today we need to consider whether to react only after the occurrence of any incident or we should be more proactive. The forces on the ground level should not lack leadership. Unity of purpose &Unity of action are essential for the success of operations,’ he said.

The meeting is also being attended by the Secretaries of the Union Ministries, besides Chief Secretaries and Police Chief of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Singh further added, ‘we need to use UAVs, PTZ cameras, GPS tracking, Thermal imaging, Radar and satellite images.

Th statement issued by Home Ministry said, “the Union Ministers in charge of Ministries of MoRTH (Ministry of Road Transport and Highways), Railways, Civil Aviation, MoRD (Ministry of Rural Development), Power, New and Renewable Energy and Telecom will also attend.”

The statement said “A holistic review of the situation will be undertaken covering a wide canvas of security and development issues, particularly infrastructure building.”

The Home Minister said, ‘I am convinced that the martyrdom of our security forces will not go in vain. The day is not far when this mindless violence will end.’

Following the April 24 Sukma attack, the government had vowed to review its anti-Maoist policy. The Central Reserve Police Force had moved its strategic command headquarters for anti-Maoist operations from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh.