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Centre Could Revisit Mandate of Not Using Air Force against Naxals: Chidambaram

After paying homage to victims of Tuesday’s Naxal attack in Dantewada, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has ruled out the Army offensive against Naxalites though making it clear that the Centre could revisit mandate of not using Air Force against the rebels, said media reports.

Talking to reporters, Chidambaram said that there was no proposal to start Army offensive against rebels, reports said.

He said that state police, assisted by CRPF, is capable of handling the Maoists, said reports.

Promising to propose an anti-Naxal strategy soon, he said that the government could revisit the mandate of not using Air Force against Naxals.

Earlier, Chidambaram, Governor Shekhar Dutt, chief minister Raman Singh and state officials paid their last respect to the victims laying wreaths on the coffins.

The policemen raised their guns in air in grief and anger and vowed to avenge the killings by the Maoists who had orchestrated the massacre.

(Based on internet reports)

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