Hyderabad: Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were the only two States that have achieved the distinction of successfully eliminating the menace of left wing extremism, which had spread its tentacles across multiple States, former DGP and Advisor (Home) to the Government of Telangana Anurag Sharma has said.
Delivering the Dr. P Srinivas Memorial Lecture on ‘National Security- Challenges of Tackling the Extremism’ as a part of the 93rd Foundation Course for trainee civil servants at the Dr. MCR HRD Institute here, Sharma said the key ingredient of the strategy of the two Telugu States was to deploy Greyhounds, a professionally trained and well-equipped force that specialises in countering the guerrilla warfare tactics of the left wing extremists.
“This strategy has created a buzz in all other left wing extremism-afflicted States across the country,” he said.
Stating that local police should be empowered to take complete responsibility in maintaining law and order in left wing extremism-afflicted areas, he said deploying paramilitary forces for this purpose was not a viable solution.
“As regards countering insurgency, police response alone would never suffice, but an integrated approach is a must,” he said, underlining the importance of good governance by local administration aimed at developing rural areas to ensure availability of basic facilities. In order to ensure that youth do not fall prey to the left wing ideology, he called upon the trainee civil servants to make proactive efforts to expose its shallowness as a model of development.
The former DGP also paid rich tributes to Dr P Srinivas, who was brutally murdered by Veerappan on November 10, 1991. He said Dr. Srinivas laid down his life upholding the values of honesty, dedication to duty, and courage to stand by principles.
BP Acharya, Special Chief Secretary to Government & DG, Dr. MCR HRD Institute, along with Sharma, released the research publications of the Centre for Human Security Studies on the occasion.