Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Naxal issue: Cong not against Army intervention

Bhubaneswar, June 08: Accusing the Naveen Patnaik government in Orissa of failing to tackle the Maoist menace, opposition Congress today said it was not against seeking Army intervention to deal with the Naxalite problem.

Maoist rebels blow up police station in Orissa This was stated by leader of opposition in Orissa assembly Bhupinder Singh in the wake of the last night's series of attacks on police stations in Koraput district.

"The state administration has completely failed in tackling the Maoist problem. Since the state police are not able to tackle the ultras, Congress will not oppose any bid to seek army intervention," Singh told reporters after attending the first day of the 14th Assembly.

Stating that Maoists had set total anarchy in undivided Koraput district comprising Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada, he said the ultras attacked three police establishments one after another.

"This is enough to say that the police have failed in its bid to tackle the Maoists," he said adding that army could give suitable reply to the ultras.

Singh said Congress was not willing to demand army intervention but stressed that the party would not oppose if the state asked for it.

Though Congress has 27 members in Orissa Assembly, it refrained from raising Maoist issue in the House. "We will raise the issue at the appropriate time during this session," Singh said.

Bureau Report

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