`States keep Maoism Alive to get FUNDS’

  • Outgoing CRPF director-general Dilip Trivedi  made serious allegations of Maoism benefitting Naxal-affected states.
  • Trivedi, who is retiring at the end of this month, said certain states had vested interest in letting Maoist violence continue as it helped them get massive central funds
  • He also said the government was not serious about regulating sale of explosives whose easy availability to Maoists had led to increasing deaths of force personnel.
  • The DG even blamed government policies and systemic problems for non-resolution of Jammu and Kashmir and northeast problems.
  • Without talking about the Army, he even said there was no need for Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and that the simple Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) had enough protection for forces.
  • He even hinted at various committees and studies conducted by the government for welfare of forces as waste of public money .
  • On the lack of participation from states in fighting Naxals, Dilip Trivedi said:For some states, continuing Naxal violence is beneficial.
  • It helps them get central funds and then it's not their men who die but those from outside the state (central force personnel).
  • DG was hinting at Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.
  • Woman Naxal killed in encounter:
    • A woman Naxal was killed in a prolonged gunbattle between security forces and ultras in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district