Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tackling Naxal problem with force alone won't work: CPI(M)

New Delhi (PTI) As the new government readies itself to combat Naxal menace "with speed and decisiveness", the CPI (M) has said that tackling the Naxal problem with force alone will not work.

"Such forces (like CoBRA) would not serve the purpose unless they are accompanied by a political process," prominent Left party leader and CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told PTI.

The government is currently raising a 10,000-strong Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) commando force under the command of the CRPF to counter Naxals.


Mr. Yechury said that the issue of Naxalism can only be addressed through a systematic approach of land reforms.

"Unless you go through a process of land reforms you cannot really cut off that basic factor of oppression and discontent feeding Naxalism.

"If you only have a single-minded approach of treating it as a law and order problem you cannot really treat it," he said.

Mr. Yechury also said that only the law and order arm of the government is "visible in practice".

Mr. Yechury further said once the political process is initiated it should also identify the "reasons for which the Naxalites receive popular support".

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