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We will wipe out terrorism in any form: Chidambaram

india Updated: Feb 09, 2009 05:55 IST

The government has "zero tolerance" policy towards terrorism, whether from jihadi elements or Hindu militants, and would spare no efforts to wipe it out, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Sunday. Speaking at a Congress meet in New Delhi, Chidambaram said: "We face terror threats from groups who claim themselves to be jihadi terrorists and from groups who talk of Hindu militancy for building India. We have to fight any form of terror.

"Our responsibility to terror would be strong, strict, precise and decisive. Our policy to terror is of zero tolerance and we will follow it and we will wipe it out," the minister said.

The home minister spoke of three challenges to internal security - the insurgency in the northeast, the Maoist menace and terrorism.

He said the government was willing to have a dialogue with militants in the northeast, especially in Manipur, Assam and Nagaland.

"We are willing to talk to those who have joined violence. But insurgency will be fought by security forces and the civilian government will focus on development. We will continue to invest money in the northeast."

On Maoists, he said: "Naxalism (Maoism) will be met with force. The development works in Maoist-affected areas are disturbed? We build the roads, they mine the roads - but our security forces are ready to make the supreme sacrifice for democracy."

He also said that the 21st century will belong to Asia, in which India and China will have a major role to play.