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PC suggests 2-pronged approach to tackle Naxal problem

delhi Updated: Dec 06, 2010 21:50 IST

Home Minister P Chidambaram today said no democracy in the world can allow armed liberation struggle and suggested a two-pronged approach to solve the Maoist problem.

The Minister, who pitched for a strong flow of development works into areas affected by Naxalism, said there needs to a two-pronged approach to solve the issue of left-wing extremism.

"As long as we are a democracy, are a republic...we cannot allow armed liberation struggle," he said while speaking at a pre-conference seminar on 'Development problems of regions affected by discontent and extremism' here.

Talking about a two-pronged approach to tackle Naxalism - development and police action together - he said the answer to Left-wing extremism is to strike at the roots of the problem and quell the armed liberation struggle.

He also pitched for setting up of a process so that certain amount of funds could reach directly to the local body and local authorities to carry out development work as asked by locals in Naxal-affected areas. He said the paramilitary forces were deployed in large number during the recent Bihar assembly elections and hence people came out in large number, which was a statement against Naxals.

He said a large number of security personnel are also posted in Jharkhand for panchayat elections. He said even if 50 per cent people turn up to cast votes, some sort of a local body would be made. Chidambaram even if some Naxal supporters or Naxals themselves get elected in the polls, it would be ok as they would be accountable to the people.