Monday, October 10, 2005

People losing faith in Police action against Naxals: CM

Monday October 10 2005 13:43 IST

MANGALORE: “People are losing faith in Police operations against Naxalites. I have given clear instructions to officers to work in such a way as to regain faith of the people in them,” said Chief Minister Dharam Singh.

At a news conference on Sunday the Chief Minister said the Police should be with the public.

“If they just sit in the station, people are bound to lose faith in them. Police should give people security and ensure that they are there to protect them,” he said.

He said he had met deputy commissioners of the districts threatened by Naxalites and promised to extend all support to combat Naxalism.

During the Chandigarh convention he had discussed the Naxal problem with AICC President Sonia Gandhi and told her that Naxalism was a socio-economic problem, Dharam Singh said.

“Central Forest Act is acting as an obstacle for the implementation of the tribal package of the State Government.

Hence the Centre has been urged to bring about the required amendments in the Act.

The problems of the tribals will be solved by the implementation of the package,” he added.

He clarified that as of now there was no possibility of deploying the Naga battalion to curb Naxalism in the region.

“The matter has been discussed with the State Police and the battalion will be called upon only if required,” he said.

He also shed light on the fact that the State Government had allotted Rs 5 crore as natural disaster fund while only Rs 2.25 crore has been spent.

Dharam Singh held a meeting of the deputy commissioners of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada on Sunday

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