Sunday, April 24, 2005

Naxal activity in Karnataka not alarming: Patil

Tumkur (Karnataka), Apr 24: Asserting that naxal activities in Karnataka have not increased as much as in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today said efforts by the state in developing the economy of the affected region would halt the spread of naxalism.

"The state government has taken steps and some incidents have taken place. Now, you can't say that for this reason, it (naxal attacks) has increased (in Karnataka). But you also cannot deny that naxal activity is not there," Patil told reporters in an apparent reference to police action against naxals.

Patil, who came here to attend the 98th birthday celebrations of the Shivakumara Swami of the Siddaganga Mutt, said there was more naxal activity in Andhra Pradesh while in Karnataka there had been couple of incidents which cannot be "termed as increasing."

Pointing out that law and order was a state issue, Patil said the Dharam Singh government was taking steps to combat naxal activities and the centre had assured all assistance in this regard.

He said naxal activities had to be handled by developing the economy of the difficult areas and employment should be provided to the youth besides developing good roads, schools and colleges in the region.

"I am sure that the state government is making efforts in this issue. We will offer all help (to the state for improving the economy of the affected regions," Patil said.

Bureau Report

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