Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Naxal attack: Chidambaram admits to failure

TNN, Feb 17, 2010, 03.27am IST

NEW DELHI: With Maoists continuing their killings with impunity, Union home minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday accepted that there were indications of "failure" (on the part of the state police) in some aspects and appealed to the ultras' sympathisers to condemn such acts.

"While there are indications of failure in some aspects, only a thorough review will reveal how the police camp with adequate strength was overrun, when there was daylight, by the CPI (Maoist)," he said while condemning the incident of the Silda camp attack in West Bengal.

Chidambaram, who spoke to state chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, said the attack was "another outrageous attempt by the banned organisation to overawe the established authority in the State".

"Every attack of this kind exposes the true nature and character of the CPI (Maoist)... Their weapon is violence. No organisation or group in a democratic republic has the right to take to violence to overpower the established legal authority," he said, criticising a number of "well meaning organizations" that find "legitimacy" in the armed struggle by CPI (Maoists).

The home minister said: "I know that the overwhelming majority in this country will condemn the mindless violence unleashed by the CPI (Maoist) and will support the careful, controlled and calibrated efforts being taken by the Central and state governments to put an end to the violence. However, I would like to hear the voices of condemnation of those who have, erroneously, extended intellectual and material support to the CPI (Maoist)."

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