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Fight against Maoists to be long drawn: HM
RAIPUR, SEPT 25 (IANS):
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Published on 25 Sep. 2009 11:07 PM IST
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Home Minister P. Chidambaram Friday said the central government would extend all support to states to counter and defeat left-wing extremism in what would be a “long-drawn” fight. He also visited the homes of a senior police officer and a constable killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh and assured their family members that the government would help them in every way. “It is a long drawn fight against Naxals (Maoists). The centre is totally supporting Chhattisgarh in its efforts to counter left wing extremism,” he told reporters at the state secretariat where he reviewed the state’s internal security situation in the wake of police and para-military forces mounting an onslaught against the Maoist rebels. Chidambaram, who refused to take any questions, said his visit to Chhattisgarh was to assure the centre’s support in the state’s fight against the Naxalites and to offer his condolences for the policemen who had laid down their lives while fighting the rebels. Referring to the July 12 incident in which 29 police personnel, including Superintendent of Police V.K. Choubey, were killed in an Maoist ambush at Madanwara in Rajnandgaon district, he said the state government had taken prompt action to provide relief to the families of the killed security personnel. Meanwhile, official sources said the government of Chhattisgarh - India’s worst Maoist hit state - had sought more forces and resources from the centre so that simultaneous operations could be carried out in the state’s sprawling, mineral-rich Bastar region where the rebels hold sway since the late 1980s. Chidambaram made an unscheduled visit with Chief Minister Raman Singh to the homes here of two policemen killed by Maoists - Choubey and constable Sanjay Yadav. Chidambaram, who landed at Mana airport in state capital Raipur around 8 a.m., drove straight to Raj Bhavan and met Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and the chief minister. After a brief meeting, he drove first to Choubey’s home and met Ranjana Choubey, widow of the Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, and other family members, then he travelled to Tikrapara area and met Lalita Yadav, widow of Sanjay Yadav. After a few hours stay in Chhattisgarh, Chidambaram left for Ranchi by a BSF plane. “It’s a great feeling that (the) union home minister consoled us. He basically told me that the government is entirely with you,” Ranjana Choubey told reporters outside her residence. No army involvement in anti-Maoist operations There was no proposal to involve the army in anti-Maoist operations, Home Minister P. Chidamabaram said here Friday. “There is no proposal to involve the army in anti-Maoist operations,” he told reporters in reply to a query on his recent remarks that special forces might be pressed to help states fight the rebels. “Jharkhand and Chattisgarh have become the epicentre of Maoist activities. We are monitoring the situation and all support is being extended to the two states to contain the Maoist problem. Some parts of Orissa are also affected but Jharkhand and Chattisgarh face a major Maoist problem,” the home minister said. “There is no place for the armed liberation theory in the country. We reject the Maoist arms liberation struggle,” he added. Chidambaram also urged human rights activists to condemn atrocities perpetrated by the Maoist rebels. Asked about reports about a Maoist-politician nexus, he said: “I have not come across such reports. If any politician has any link, then he or she will pay the price for it. Action will be taken against such politicians.” Chidamabaram was in this Jharkhand capital to review the security scenario, operations against Maoist rebels and development in the state. He arrived here after visiting the neighbouring Chhattisgarh -- another state heavily hit by Maoist violance. He held meetings with Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, three advisors of the governor and senior government officials.

 
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