Army guidance necessary to fight naxalism : Choubey
A day after Maoists blew up a bus killing over 30 people in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, main opposition Congress today said that the naxal-infested state should seek guidance from the army to fight the menace.india Updated: May 18, 2010 14:19 IST
A day after Maoists blew up a bus killing over 30 people in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, main opposition Congress on Tuesday said that the naxal-infested state should seek guidance from the army to fight the menace.
"Bastar is the worst hit belt in Chhattisgarh and nearly 200 people have lost their lives over a month due to naxal attacks in the state. With extremists targeting unarmed civilians, its a war-like situation here. Hence, we need army guidance to flush them out," Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh Assembly, Ravindra Choubey said.
"There is a huge deployment of para military force and policemen to fight the outlaws. Though we do not necessarily need the army to check the growing Maoist insurgency, but the state can take their counsel and advise in devising strategies to battle them," Choubey suggested.
The Congress leader said that the Dantewada massacre, the second attack in six weeks, has badly affected the morale of the security forces and it is high time that the ruling BJP government properly utilises the support and the aid given by
the Centre to fight Maoists in the tribal state.
Condemning Monday's naxal attack, Choubey said that violence does not have a place in democracy and people who are involved in bloodshed of innocent citizens should be taken to task and severely punished.
At least 36 people, including 12 special police officers (SPOs) were killed and over a dozen injured when naxals blew
up a civilian bus near Chingavaram village in Dantewada district on Monday.