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Deal with Maoists in universities, says Devendra Fadnavis at CMs’ meet

Fadnavis’ comments come amid BJP’s allegations that educational institutes such as Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi have become base for extreme left ideology.

india Updated: May 09, 2017 00:34 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Odisha CM Navin Patnaik and UP CM Yogi Adityanath at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Odisha CM Navin Patnaik and UP CM Yogi Adityanath at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday sought a strategy to deal with Maoists sympathisers who, he said, were in universities in Delhi, Pune, Patna and Hyderabad.

In the meeting of chief ministers and top officials of 10 Maoist-affected states to review strategy to deal with left-wing extremism (LWE), Fadnavis said frontal organisations of Maoists were also a matter of concern.

“The propaganda fights are not in (Maoist hotbeds of) Gadchiroli or Sukma, but it is in universities of Delhi, Pune or Patna or Hyderabad. They (sympathisers) are organising strategies for naxals. An army of naxal sympathisers is as dangerous as the militant operatives,” he said.

His comments came amid Bharatiya Janata Party’s allegations that educational institutes such as Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi have become base for extreme left ideology.

The Maharashtra’s BJP chief minister further said after the conviction of Prof GN Saibaba, an alleged Maoist ideologue, retaliatory attacks are being planned in the country.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, who was also present in the meeting, said a campaign is needed to free Sukma from the clutches of Maoists.

“Key points of campaign should be to focus on the interiors of Sukma, targeting big leaders, capturing new grounds, new security camps with air support and faster road construction and development,” said Singh.

He also sought to create an operational unified command at the level of district police chiefs for better coordination on the ground.

Meanwhile, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar sought more funds from the Centre.