Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said banned terror outfits like SIMI are trying to strengthen their base in the state and sought the Centre's assistance in tackling "serious challenges" posed by terrorism and Naxalism.
"In Chhattisgarh, during the last few years, the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and its associated have been trying to gain ground, but we have been able to foil their efforts to create trouble in the state," Singh said in an annual conference of Chief Ministers on internal security here.
Noting that 10 out of our 18 districts of the state are Naxalite affected, he said it is time "we recognise Naxalism as a form of terror".
"We need to consider those who indulge in violent activities in the garb of any ideology as terrorists...They have consistently blocked all development efforts in scheduled areas, targeted with vengeance any local resistance to their violent activities and forced the youth to take arms," Singh said.
"It is time we called the bluff of Naxalites as messiahs of the poor and exposed them as power hungry terrorists who have killed hundreds of tribal villagers who have refused to join their violent movement," he said.
"It is time we freed the thousands of tribal foot soldiers forcibly recruited by Naxalites and coerced in to killing their own brethren. We have to collectively stop the spread of this canard and make people at large realise that Naxalism is the biggest threat to India's integrity and economic progress," Singh said.
The Chief Minister sought financial grant to set up a state industrial security force "to provide complete and systematic security to shopping malls, bazaars, hotels, big educational institutions and centres of religious faith" which could eventually contribute to Chhattisgarh development.
He said the state is grappling with the internal security's biggest problem of Naxalism. "All our bordering states are also Naxal-affected areas.... The fact of the matter is that commoner is being killed by these Maoists who are destroying every unit of development.
"This is why we have adopted a strict policy to deal with Naxal menace," he said.
The chief minister said the state government has commando battalion expert in jungle warfare (Special Task Force) and Counter Terrorism to tackle naxalism. "STF has been giving a tough fight to the naxals in these dense forests," he said.
"Anti terrorist squads in the state are being provided with modern available means of communications and security while commandos of these ATS are being given advance training. However, in view of the ugly side of this problem, I would request that a battalion of NSG should be posted in Chhattisgarh too," he said.