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State government ignoring Maoist menace, says BJP

mumbai Updated: Jul 06, 2011 01:08 IST

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday accused the state government of “ignoring” Maoist threats at Gadchiroli.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse claimed that poor communication systems plagued the Bhamragad sub-district, among the worst-hit by the Maoist menace.

“The situation is very serious. Perhaps, (state) home minister RR Patil is unaware of all this,” Khadse said, taking a dig at Patil, who happens to be the guardian minister of Gadchiroli.

Khadse said that Maoists had dug up several major roads in the district and cut off BSNL telecom lines in the past few weeks.

“There is a breakdown of communication. Security vehicles or ambulances cannot access the area as roads are dug up. The government is doing nothing to resolve these problems and Maoists have literally taken over Bhamragad,” the former finance minister alleged.

“This is the sixth incident of its kind in Bhamragad. In Etapalli, Sironcha and Korchi talukas too, telecommunication lines have broken down," Khadse pointed out calling for immediate action by the state.

Khadse urged the government to ensure immediate repairs of all roads destroyed by Maoists, installation of an effective wireless communication system similar to the one in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state and a special disaster management team for Gadchiroli.

In the past couple of years, over four dozen security personnel have lost their lives in Maoist attacks in the district.