Saturday, July 25, 2009

Return to mainstream or face defeat: Patnaik to Naxals

Updated on Saturday, July 25, 2009, 18:33 IST
Bhubaneswar: Terming Maoists as 'criminals' and 'terrorists', Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has warned them to either return to the mainstream or face 'defeat'.

Coming down heavily on Maoists as violators of the law of the land, Patnaik said their attempt to create violence could not go on forever.

Naxalites could not defeat India which stood on the sacrifice of thousands of freedom fighters and there was no place for violence either in the country or the state, he said yesterday while replying to the budgetary demand of the home department in the Assembly.

A comprehensive surrender and rehabilitation policy for Naxalites had been formulated in the state in order to encourage them to shun violence and join the mainstream, the Chief minister said.

Stating that 616 Maoists had been arrested in five years between 2004 and 2009, Patnaik said the arrest of Sobha alias Sheila, chief of the women wing of Maoists, was significant for the Orissa police's anti-Maoist drive.

Similarly, the arrest of Asutosh head of the eastern politburo of CPI-Maoists was noteworthy as he was involved in many crimes in Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, including the murder of VHP leader Swami Laxamananda Saraswati in Kandhamal district.

Bureau Report

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