The article “Lessons from the Chhattisgarh tragedy” (July 16) was timely and revealing. The indiscriminate killing of 36 police personnel at Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh is a pointer to the gaining strength of Maoists, who began as insurgents but have now turned terrorists. The police still depend on lathis and pistols which are inadequate to counter the Maoist insurgency. We need a full-fledged strategy to counter and isolate the ultras.

N.R. Ramachandran,

Udhagamandalam

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Only if training facilities are improved and a coordinated strategy is evolved to counter the Maoists will the men in khaki be able to respond decisively to the threat of insurgency.

The government should awaken from slumber and implement the Model Police Act submitted by the Soli Sorabjee Committee to ensure effective policing. Recruitment drives should be conducted without delay, given the dismal police-population ratio.

Siddarth K. Raj,

Madurai

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This is the time to change the tactics to fight the Maoist insurgency. The killing of the 36 police personnel in Chhattisgarh illustrates our shortcoming in countering the Maoist threat. The government should, on the one hand, modernise the police force and, on the other, initiate development work in the Maoist-hit States.

Ramesh Prasad Sahu,

New Delhi

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Naxalism and terrorism emanate from the lack of gainful employment opportunities at the rural level. The presence of a government should be felt by the people through the efforts taken to provide basic facilities, improve the rural infrastructure, and ensure the participation of the people in all activities.

The HRD Ministry should evolve an independent mechanism to measure the impact of welfare schemes.

K.S. Ravichandran,

Coimbatore

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The article reflects the need to enhance the quality and quantity of the police forces in India. Technology-oriented devices, trained personnel, infrastructure facilities, and special incentives for those working in the naxal-infested areas are the need of the hour. More important is the integration of justifiable police action with inclusive development work.

V. Pazhaniyandi,

Thalakulam

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The naxal threat is more dangerous and devastating than terrorism. The naxal attack on police personnel in Chhattisgarh bears testimony to the government’s failure to tackle insurgency and to the strength of the insurgents. The urgent need of the hour is to upgrade the arms and the training of the police and the paramilitary forces. Maoist insurgency is the most serious internal threat and must be addressed soon.

Md. Younus,

Hyderabad

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The Chhattisgarh tragedy exposed the police’s lack of preparedness to deal with the naxal menace, even though it is not new to them. Time and again, the Maoists indulge in similar attacks and the police are always found wanting. It is indeed sad that we require multiple tragedies (whether terrorist strikes, naxal attacks or floods) to start reviewing our strategies.

S. Sudhir Kumar,

Hyderabad