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Using army to combat Naxals will set bad precedent: Bardhan

In the backdrop of Thursday's Maoist ambush in Gadchiroli and the beheading of a policeman in Ranchi early this week, the CPI today said these acts are condemnable but felt that using army and air force to combat Naxals will set a bad precedent.

india Updated: Oct 24, 2009 20:52 IST

In the backdrop of Thursday's Maoist ambush in Gadchiroli and the beheading of a policeman in Ranchi early this week, the CPI on Friday said these acts are condemnable but felt that using army and air force to combat Naxals will set a bad precedent.

"Ambushing policemen and killing them as has been done in Gadchiroli area is wrong and condemnable," CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

On the use of army and air force personnel for offensive against Naxals, he said "Using army and air force to combat Maoists will set a bad precedent and the collateral disaster of such a course would be serious," Bardhan said.

"Army has a specific role, Defence Minister A K Antony has said that the ministry does not think that army should be used for offensive action," he said.

"We totally dissociate with the political strategies of Maoists. But using army to put them down is not justified. Instead, police and paramilitary forces should be used."

Maintaining that his own partymen have been victims of Maoist violence in areas like Bastar in Chhattisgarh, he said the extremists should be fought politically and a "socio-economic dimension" should be evolved to solve the issues faced by people in Naxal-affected areas.

Bardhan said that the Maoists were actually giving an excuse to the government to "unleash state-sponsored violence against people" and admitted there was a failure on the part of mainstream Left in tackling issues of most backward areas.