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CM hints at drive like Salwa Judum

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said in the State Assembly that if needed Madhya Pradesh could also start a people?s movement on the lines of Chhattisgarh?s ?Salva Judam? (peace movement) against Naxalites whose activities were noticed in Sidhi district also.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 13:04 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said in the State Assembly that if needed Madhya Pradesh could also start a people’s movement on the lines of Chhattisgarh’s ‘Salva Judam’ (peace movement) against Naxalites whose activities were noticed in Sidhi district also.

The CM was speaking in the debate concerning demand of grants for the departments held by him. The Assembly passed the demands by voice vote. The Opposition protested against the demands concerning General Administration, Police, Home, Science and Technology, Narmada Valley Development and Aviation departments.

Replying to the Opposition’s charges on law and order, Chouhan admitted that the Government had received reports regarding Naxalites’ entry into Sidhi district from Bihar. However, in his view, bullet was not the only answer to the problem. The problem should be tackled through ideological fight also, he added.

It was the Congress’ Ajay Singh who pointed out the Naxalites’ activities in Sidhi district in his speech earlier. He said the police and forest departments’ personnel could not dare enter certain areas in the district in uniform.

The Chief Minister said the Government had taken effective measures against the dacoits. In 2005, as many as 41 dacoits were killed while in 2006 eight dacoits had been eliminated. He said measures had been taken to provide more facilities to the police department.

Buildings of 32 police stations and 42 police outposts were being constructed. Residential colonies would be developed for police personnel.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 13:04 IST