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'No army involvement in anti-Maoist operations'

india Updated: Sep 25, 2009 18:53 IST

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There was no proposal to involve the army in anti-Maoist operations, Home Minister P Chidamabaram said in Ranchi on Friday.

"There is no proposal to involve the army in anti-Maoist operations," he told reporters in reply to a query on his recent remarks that special forces might be pressed to help states fight the rebels.

"Jharkhand and Chattisgarh have become the epicentre of Maoist activities. We are monitoring the situation and all support is being extended to the two states to contain the Maoist problem. Some parts of Orissa are also affected but Jharkhand and Chattisgarh face a major Maoist problem," the home minister said.

"There is no place for the armed liberation theory in the country. We reject the Maoist arms liberation struggle," he added.

Chidambaram also urged human rights activists to condemn atrocities perpetrated by the Maoist rebels.

Asked about reports about a Maoist-politician nexus, he said: "I have not come across such reports. If any politician has any link, then he or she will pay the price for it. Action will be taken against such politicians."

Chidamabaram was in this Jharkhand capital to review the security scenario, operations against Maoist rebels and development in the state. He arrived in Ranchi after visiting the neighbouring Chhattisgarh -- another state heavily hit by Maoist violance.

He held meetings with Governor K Sankaranarayanan, three advisors of the governor and senior government officials.