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Separate state will become hotbed of Naxalism: Report

A separate state of Telangana could become a hotbed for Maoists, the Srikrishna Committee has warned. This was one of the main reasons why the panel did not favour such a move.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2011 00:34 IST
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A separate state of Telangana could become a hotbed for Maoists, the Srikrishna Committee has warned. This was one of the main reasons why the panel did not favour such a move.

“It also has to be borne in mind that Telangana with or without Hyderabad is likely to experience a spurt in Maoist activity,” says the panel’s report.

In a virtual bearing out of these fears, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao admitted a former top Maoist, Sambasividu, into his party on Tuesday and declared that Telangana would follow the Naxal agenda.

“The Naxals are struggling to ensure food for the poor, home for the homeless and land to weaker sections,” said Rao, whose party has led the separate statehood campaign.

The Srikrishna Committee report said it had analysed the long-term security implications of the formation of Telangana.

Apprehensions of a spurt in Maoist activity “had been expressed in the memoranda submitted by the political parties and various other groups, and also during interactions with different stakeholders at the state-level meetings as well as when the committee visited the districts and villages,” it said.

“Besides, the member secretary had one-to-one discussions on this subject with senior officers of the state government, police department and local administration (in 17 districts). Inputs were also obtained from various other sources,” said the Committee in a brief chapter on ‘Law and order and internal security dimensions’.

The Committee also dwelt on the situation in three most recently created states — Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand — and pointed out how the latter two continue to face security problems, particularly from the Maoists. The report added that a note on these issues has been prepared and submitted to the ministry of home affairs in a separate cover.