The state government has given the go-ahead for the formation of crisis management groups (CMGs), both at district as well as state level, to counter any hostage situation orchestrated by Naxals and Left-leaning extremists.
The central government had already prescribed the standard operating procedure (SOP) for handling such hostage situations. “Naxals are known to take hostage bureaucrats, politicians and common people to meet their demands. In order to handle such situations, the state government has given approval for the formation of CMGs,” said a home department official.
Explaining the functioning of CMGs, the official said once a hostage situation arises, the groups will gather information from security and intelligence departments about the Naxals and create a database.
“On the basis of intelligence inputs and prevailing situation, the CMGs will examine possible solutions,” said the official. The CMGs would also examine demands made by Naxals and take stock of the situation.
“CMGs will keep all persons concerned and political leaders posted about the developments. They will also take instructions from them with regard to the hostage situation. CMGs will appoint a point-person to negotiate with the kidnappers and their representatives. This point-person will also coordinate with the negotiation team,” he said.
As per a government resolution issued by the home department on Tuesday, the CMGs will also alert the National Security Guards and the Quick Response Teams for rescue operation.
“CMGs will prepare a mechanism to help and secure the family of the person kidnapped. After the operation is over and the victim is rescued, the CMGs will prepare a detailed report on the incident,” said the official.
While the state-level CMG will have nine members, including the chief secretary, additional chief secretary (home), director general of police and joint secretary of the Intelligence Bureau, district-level CMGs will comprise 10 members, including the district magistrate, superintendent of police and district fire officer.