Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Naxals willing to join mainstream, says Acharya

Express News Service First Published : 23 Jun 2009 03:59:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 23 Jun 2009 10:29:42 AM IST

BANGALORE: Asserting that naxal activities are on the wane in the state, Home Minister, VS Acharya, on Monday said that a package to redress the grievances of naxals and their sympathisers would be announced in about a month. Speaking to mediapersons, Acharya said: “I am happy about the progress, we have reached a stage where the naxalism will not remain a threat to the state." "The naxalites are now showing willingness to come back to the mainstream. I want to end the problem peacefully and ensure that the solution is a lasting one." The minister said that the details of the package are being worked out and he could not disclose details at this stage. Acharya, however, clarified that the operations against the naxalites had not been stopped.


Acharya, on Monday, defended the Cabinet’s decision to withdraw the cases against the Reddy brothers in Bellary.

“There is nothing great about these cases as many such cases come before the government every year,” he said.

"As the cases are petty and political in nature, the Cabinet in its wisdom thought it fit to withdraw them,”added Acharya.

Regarding the case related to the damage caused to the 200-year-old Sunkalamma Devi temple — while trying to alter the boundary between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh — by the Obalapuram Mining Company, Acharya said:" The Bellary district sessions court had dismissed the case on the ground that it had no jurisdiction, as the area came under Andhra Pradesh."

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