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Kumar's 'soft approach' insult to martyrs of Naxalism: Cong

india Updated: Jul 16, 2010 15:49 IST

Bihar Congress on Friday accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of adopting a "soft approach" on the Maoist problem, saying his stand on the issue was an insult to the sacrifices made by security personnel in the fight against Naxalism.

"The Bihar Chief Minister has called for a 'soft' approach against the Maoists which amounts to an insult to the thousands of cops and security personnel who have laid down their lives in gun battle with the Maoists," state Congress spokesman Prem Chandra Mishra said in a statement in Patna.

"The NDA government in Bihar has adopted a 'soft' approach against the Maoist as a bargain with the ultras to ensure its victory in the forthcoming assembly polls," he alleged.

Mishra was reacting to Kumar's stand for an integrated approach for development of the Maoist-infested regions under a long term plan to eradicate the Naxal menace.

Referring to the Chief Minister's plea for a political solution to Maoist violence, the Congress leader asked Kumar to explain initiatives taken by his government in the past five years to bring the ultras in mainstream.

On Kumar's stand that the Maoist were very much part of the society, Mishra said that the ultras should be punished for their criminal acts as was the case with other criminals, who were also very much part of the society.