Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Parties Demand Stepped Up Action Against Naxals

Political parties across the spectrum in Jharkhand today urged the Shibu Soren government to take the Naxal attack in neighbouring Chhattisgarh seriously and step up anti-Maoist operations in the state.

"Till now Chief Minister Shibu Soren has been giving contradictory statements on Naxals. At least now his government and allies should take the issue very seriously, and step up anti-Naxal operation with commitment," Congress leader Radhakrishna Kishore said.

Instead of making a pause in the anti-Naxal operations, the state government should step up it up, Kishore, who was appointed convenor of an anti-naxal committee set up by JPCC, said.

JMM spokesman Simond Marandi wondered why only 120 security personnel were sent to a Maoist stronghold like Dantewada.

"Had the government been serious about rooting out Naxalites in Dantewara they would have sent at least 4,000 securitymen," Marandi said.

RJD's Legislative Party leader Annapurna Devi said "the Centre and state governments should draw up better strategies and advise security personnel to take proper precautionary measures before venturing against Naxalites."

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric-LP) leader, Pradip Yadav called for strengthening of the intelligence network.

CPI (M) Central Committee member, J S Majumdar, claimed that the central forces had failed in drawing up 'foolproof strategy to prevent ambush by naxalites.

Despite calling for stepped up anti-naxal operations, all the political leaders, however, opposed calling in the army.

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