Naxalites would be welcomed back with open hands if they shun the path of violence, Jharkhand Governor K Sankaranarayan said on Saturday.
"I want to assure them (naxalites) that their genuine grievances and complaints about exploitation would be looked into," the governor said after unfurling the tricolour to mark the 63rd Independence Day in Ranchi.
At the same time, the police has been given clear instructions to curb extremist activities in Jharkhand which is one of the worst-affected state by naxalite violence, he said.
The governor said he was hopeful that the youths, who had gone astray after being misled by anti-social and terrorist elements, will come back to the mainstream.
"Without ensuring a crime free society and a good law and order situation in the state, the fruits of development cannot be enjoyed by our citizens," he said.
"I have given clear directions to the police machinery to ensure that crime is brought under control and criminals punished," the governor said.