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Final battle against Maoists will be fought in Chhattisgarh, says Raman Singh

Raman Singh said the Chhattisgarh government won’t rest till there is peace in the Maoist-affected Bastar region.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2017 10:55 IST

Press Trust of India, Raipur
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh reacted sharply to the Sukma attack, in which 25 CRPF securitymen lost their lives.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh reacted sharply to the Sukma attack, in which 25 CRPF securitymen lost their lives. (Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)

Chief minister Raman Singh said on Friday the final battle against Maoists will be fought in Chhattisgarh and his government will not sit idle till there was peaceful development in the Bastar region.

He was replying to a discussion over an adjournment motion notice in Chhattisgarh legislative assembly on the recent Maoist attack in Sukma district, in which 25 CRPF jawans were killed.

The main opposition Congress had sought the discussion.

Singh said, “The final battle against Naxalism in the country will be fought in Chhattisgarh. Anti-Naxal operations will continue in Bastar and the state government will not rest till there is peaceful development in Bastar for the betterment of the people.”

“Maoists fear development. They do not like development of facilities like roads, bridges, health and education, but despite all odds, the state government is working to ensure every kind of development in Bastar,” he said.

“The incident in Burakpal in Sukma is definitely very painful as we have lost our brave soldiers,” Singh said.

“The state government’s policy against Naxalism is very clear. First, there is no compromise with terrorism and Naxalism. We will continue the fight to save democracy,” he said.

“The construction of 57-kilometre long road connecting Sukma-Doranpal-Jagargunda is being carried out in collaboration with central and state security forces. Our soldiers have achieved martyrdom while protecting the roads being built in Bastar zone....I would like to bow to their martyrdom,” the CM said.

“In the last one year in Bastar region, we have completed the construction of 200km of roads. About 2000km of roads are being built there. Police and security forces, including the CRPF, ITBP, Cobra battalion, are working hard to protect the workers who are constructing the roads,” he added.

The CM got emotional when he mentioned the Maoist attacks in Jiram Valley and Tadmetla in the past.

Earlier, moving the adjournment notice, Congress legislative party leader TS Singhdeo and other party MLAs said that contrary to government’s claims of elimination of Maoist problem in Bastar, the rebels were executing deadly attacks frequently.

Police intelligence machinery had collapsed and Maoists launched two attacks within 46 days which clearly showed police were not doing enough, Singhdeo added.

Congress leaders also staged a walkout from the House over a comment of BJP MLA Shivratan Sharma about the opposition party but they returned after Sharma concluded his speech.

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 08:51 IST

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