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No need to file review petition on Salwa Judum ruling: Digvijaya

delhi Updated: Jul 15, 2011 10:06 IST
Sanjib Kr Baruah

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Thursday said there is no need to file a review petition of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Salwa Judum issue.

"I think there is no need for a review petition of the Supreme Court judgement," Singh said referring to last week's apex court judgement that had lambasted the practice of deploying vigilante groups like Salwa Judum in the fight against Maoists.

The court had also asked the Centre and the Chhattisgarh government to desist from arming tribals who form the mainstay of the Maoists.

Saying that the Salwa Judum was badly handled, Singh also ruled out using the Army in Maoist-dominated areas. "There cannot be a military solution for Left wing extremism. There is a need for more sensitivity and unless you win over the people living in these areas there can be no solution."

"Today in the present context, the government feels Maoism is the most serious threat to internal security. I feel that communalism and fundamentalism is equally dangerous."

The general secretary said if tribals had been genuinely empowered and made stakeholders in the control and utilization of forest resources, the problem of Maoism would not have emerged.

Singh was speaking on Thursday at the book launch of Rahul Pandita's "Hello Bastar: The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement", a book on the evolution of the Maoist movement from a ground-level perspective.