This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has strictly stated that Naxalism has no room in democracy and the rebels must be taken down by force. Singh was addressing an internal security meeting of Chief Ministers in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.
Singh urged the government authorities to join hands against Naxalism and crush their roots so they do not repeat the tragic incident that took place in Chhattisgarh. He commended the government for instituting measures in 34 Naxal-hit areas.
“We are meeting today in the aftermath of Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh. Such violence has no place in our democracy. The Centre and states need to join hands to ensure such incidents don’t re-occur. We have enacted several laws to tackle crimes against women. There is a need to put in place institutional mechanisms such as sensitisation of policemen,” Manmohan Singh said.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that increased intelligence sharing has improved the anti-Naxal efforts. He confirmed that the internal security situation has so far been under control this year.
“Security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has shown improvement. Infiltration attempts have been decreased by border management through construction of border fence, improvement of human intelligence and operation management. Multi-agency center has been strengthened with sharing of intelligence. A number of terrorist attacks have been averted,” Shinde said.
On the other hand, a number of chief ministers have refused to take part in the internal security meeting by terming it an enforcement of opinion process.
“We are equal partners & expect to be able to make a meaningful contribution. But the current exercise seems to get CMs to rubber stamp pre-decided measures. I was forced to cut short my speech at the last National Development Council meet in a humiliating manner,” maintains Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa.