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Cong asks Naxal-hit states to come out with white paper

Congress asked Naxal-affected states to come out with a white paper on the status of the menace and the measures taken to contain it. The party also welcomed the decision of the central government to declare CPI-Maoist as a terrorist organisation.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2009 21:29 IST

Congress on Sunday asked Naxal-affected states to come out with a white paper on the status of the menace and the measures taken to contain it.

The party also welcomed the decision of the central government to declare CPI-Maoist as a terrorist organisation.

"We welcome the decision of the central government to declare CPI-Maoist a terrorist organisation. We are of the view that Naxal-hit states should issue a white paper on the status of Naxal problem and what steps they are taking to control the menace," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.

While mentioning the steps taken by the central government to tackle the problem, the spokesperson said states should also discharge their responsibility as law and order is a state subject.

Giving details, Ahmed, the former Minister of State for Home said the central government set up COBRA, a specialised force to combat naxalism, at a cost of Rs 1,300 crore while it gave another Rs 500 crore for police modernisation in the seven Naxal-affected states.

Ahmed said a three-pronged approach should be adopted to contain Naxal violence in which political dialogue, development and dealing with unlawful activities with iron hands are required.