Criticising the State and Central agencies for ‘intelligence failure’ in the wake of the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Front M.S. Bitta called for a joint-action committee of Naxal-affected States to frame a policy on security.

“In addition, States such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha should form a joint-action committee to tackle the issue,” Mr. Bittta told a press conference here on Thursday.

The former youth Congress leader, who was targeted in a bomb attack in 1993, said security had become a matter of display rather than strategy.

Security norms were not being adhered and that is why Maoists could mount such a big attack in Chhattisgarh, he charged.