Maoists ‘are top internal threat’

India’s home minister says Maoist insurgents are the country’s top internal security threat even as traditional conflicts in Kashmir and the north-east have ebbed.

Palaniappan Chidambaram was speaking Monday to a meeting of India’s chief ministers aimed at coordinating the country’s anti-terror efforts.

He said the security forces’ fight against the Maoists in at least nine states was hampered by a lack of resources.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also appealed to the state leaders to help strengthen the country’s defenses against terror.

Many state leaders have rejected Singh’s proposal to set up a national counter-terror centre as a power grab by the central government. The government says it needs a centre to implement a unified strategy. – Sapa-AP

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