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Interview with Brigadier Basanth Kumar Ponwar, Director of Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College

Posted by Admin on July 19, 2009


‘We will have more Lalgarhs’

lalgarh_maoists_20090619Q&A: Brigadier Basant Kumar Ponwar
R Krishna Das / New Delhi July 19, 2009, 0:10 IST

Brigadier Basant Kumar Ponwar, the army’s counter-Naxalite expert and director of Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College, tells R KRISHNA DAS that this is the right time to destroy the rebels militarily and dismantle their network.

The Union government has imposed a ban on Naxalites. How effective will this be in tackling the problem?
Very effective. Now, there will be one rule across the country that will help the states reeling under the problem to coordinate better. Now, Naxalites have been bracketed with terrorist groups, including Lashkar E-Toiba. This will help the army (if required) take action against Naxalites.

Chhattisgarh and a few other states had earlier banned Naxalites and their frontal organisations. But this did not yield results
In Chhattisgarh, the Special Public Security Act helped authorities take action against the rebels’ sympathisers. The Naxalite movement cannot be seen only as an armed movement. A number of intellectuals, including experts from different fields, are associated with them. They may not be directly involved in operations but they help Naxalites one way or the other. Chhattisgarh was fighting alone as Naxalites used to slip into other states after committing crimes. Read the rest of this entry »

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