Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Naxal `green hunt'

Category » Editorial Posted On Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Union government, has publicly launched `Operation green hunt' against the Naxalites. But, it appears as if the Naxalites have also launched `Operation Lalgarh' against the Union and the State governments. The Naxalites are openly declaring bandhs in states, blasting off railway tracks and destroying public property without any fear.

The Naxals have even succeeded in hijacking important trains like Rajdhani provided with RPF jawans. On

On Sunday the Maoists killed ten jawans of the elite Special Operation Group of Orissa Police and injured 13 by triggering a powerful landmine explosion at Mantriamba village under Baipariguda police station of Koraput district.
The SOG, raised specially to fight the Maoists, were moving in three vehicles from Jeypore towards Malkangiri to clear the road for the BSF jawans to conduct anti-Maoist operation when the incident occurred.
On March 24 the red rebels had gunned down three SOG jawans and injured ten during a fierce encounter in the dense forest near Ambagiri village in Gajapati district.
Recently after touring the rebel-affected areas of Lalgarh, the Union home minister P Chidambaram had said that the Centre will not take recourse to any military action against Maoists but 'Operation Greenhunt' will continue 'as usual'. The minister found remote areas of Lalgarh very backward and with no sign of development.
Meanwhile, reciprocating Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's talks offer, the PCPA has declared that it was ready for dialogue provided certain ''preconditions'' were fulfilled, including immediate withdrawal of the combined forces from Junglemahal.
PCPA convener Asit Mahato has informed an news agency that they were ready to accept the Centre's offer and would send a message to this effect to the Union home minister after consultation with senior leaders of the outfit who had gone underground.

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