Cong for army guidance to fight Naxalism in Chhattisgarh
A day after Maoists blew up a bus killing over 30 people in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, main Opposition Congress today said the Naxal-hit state should seek guidance from the army to fight the menace.india Updated: May 18, 2010 14:24 IST
A day after Maoists blew up a bus killing over 30 people in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, main Opposition Congress on Tuesday said the Naxal-hit state should seek guidance from the army to fight the menace.
"Nearly 200 people have lost their lives over a month due to Naxal attacks in the state. With extremists targeting unarmed civilians, its a war-like situation Raipur. Hence, we need army guidance to flush them out," Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh Assembly Ravindra Choubey told PTI.
"There is a huge deployment of paramilitary force and policemen to fight the outlaws. Though we do not necessarily need the army to check the growing Maoist insurgency, but the state can take their counsel and advise in devising strategies to battle them," Choubey said.
The Congress leader said yesterday's massacre, the second such attack in six weeks, has badly affected the morale of the security forces and it is high time that the ruling BJP properly utilises the support and the aid given by the Centre to fight Maoists in the tribal state.
Choubey said violence does not have a place in democracy and people who are involved in bloodshed of innocent citizens should be taken to task and severely punished.
At least 36 people, including 12 special police officers were killed and over a dozen injured when Naxals blew up a civilian bus near Chingavaram village in Dantewada district yesterday.
First Published: May 18, 2010 14:23 IST