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Posted by Admin on October 8, 2009

NEW DELHI: The Centre has worked out a blueprint on launching a major assault against red terror in the trijunction of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa from next month.

The brutal killing of Jharkhand police officer Francis Induwar by Left-wing extremists has only steeled the Centre’s resolve.

“The government has no option but to engage Maoists and arrest them as Naxal violence has increased over the past 10-12 years. As long as Naxalites do not abjure violence the security forces will confront them, engage them,” home minister P Chidambaram said at a press conference in Mumbai.

“Let me tell them that their scheme will not succeed,” he said condemning Induwar’s murder. As many as 30 battalions of central forces — 30,000 security personnel — will be involved in the massive offensive planned by the UPA government.

The Centre is very clear that the role of the Indian Air Force will be restricted to reconnaissance, rescue and evacuation as well as movement of troops. The meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to be held on Thursday is unlikely to give its approval to the Indian Air Force’s proposal to shoot back at Naxals in self-defence.

Defence minister A K Antony said the government preferred to see involvement of the armed forces in internal security operations as the last option. He said Naxalite operations were an internal law and security matter and it was the duty of state governments to handle them. “And I will support the state governments. Already we are engaging armed forces in many areas for internal security like in northeast and Jammu and Kashmir. Actually, we want to minimise these kind of armed forces operations for internal security. Using Armed Forces for internal security is the last resort. we cannot adopt this every now and then," the defence minister said.

Conveying the Centre’s tough stand against left-wing extremism a day after Induwar’s beheaded body was found, Mr Chidambaram said the Maoists would have to give up arms before coming to the negotiating table.

“We are a civilised country… we do not wage war against our own people. Maoists must abjure violence and take the path of democracy and dialogue,” he said.

He said Governments of states afflicted by Left-wing extremism have been asked to discuss development issues, neglect and deprivation if the Maoists relinquish arms.

“Unless violence stops, no development is possible… Violence is simply unacceptable in a democracy and republic. No government which has taken oath under constitution can accept an armed liberation struggle,” the home minister said.

Trying to drive home the point that the government and the Maoists were both working for the poor, he said surrendering arms was a must as the government and the Maoists could claim to represent the same group of people.

At the same time, the home minister refused to term the action against Left-wing extremists as war saying it was the Naxalites who believed in violence and used words like war and war preparation. “We do not treat it as war,” he said. The home minister also said that there was no evidence of Naxalites getting foreign funds. “They are able to raise money inside the country. But they also loot banks, kidnap and extort,” he said.

He said Induwar’s murder proved that they killed in “cold blood”.

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The govt has no option but to engage the Maoists and arrest them as Naxal violence has increased in 10-12 years
The brutal killing of Jharkhand cop Francis Induwar by Leftwing extremists has only steeled the Centre’s resolve. ET

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