Two constables presumed to be alive in the forests
Home Minister hopes that the ill-fated launch would be brought out today
“Maoists resorting to strategic violent acts to regain lost identity”
HYDERABAD: Home Minister K. Jana Reddy has announced that the elite Greyhounds commando force would be strengthened by recruiting afresh 2,000-3,000 men to combat the naxalite problem in the State. Currently, Greyhounds comprised 1,500-strong constabulary.
At a media conference here on Friday, the Minister said though the naxalite activity was on the wane, as a whole in the State, it continued in some areas as evident from the Chitrakonda incident. The Government was under no illusion that the Left extremism is over.
He said that the Maoists were resorting to “strategic violent acts” like Chitrakonda to regain their lost identity.
Answering questions, the Minister expressed the Government’s helplessness to prevent the influx of Gutti Koyas from neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
However the Home Minister was non-committal on the charge that Gutti Koyas were sheltering naxalites.
On Chitrakonda incident, the Home Minister hoped that the ill-fated launch would be brought out on Saturday and the rest of the bodies retrieved.
Out of 66 occupants of the boat, 36 were missing.
Of them, two Greyhounds were presumed to be alive somewhere in the forests.
So far, 15 bodies were recovered.
Mr. Jana Reddy announced that the Government submitted a list of 300 names of prisoners in various jails of the State who were not lifers (not undergoing jail-term for life) to the Governor for amnesty. If the Governor approved the proposal, they would be released on the occasion of Independence Day.
The proposal became possible as the stay of the Supreme Court against releasing any prisoner was vacated for non-lifers, he added.
The Minister appealed to the prisoners who were on an indefinite strike in jails with a charter of demands, to call of their agitation as their demands were being examined.
A committee had been appointed to identify reasons why 17 old demands accepted by the Government earlier and on which orders issued, were not implemented.