Naxalism poses a bigger threat than terrorism: Raman Singh

Naxalism in India is growing by the day. The threat perception has been visualised by the rank and file at all levels. The counter mechanism is more or less defensive because of political and other reasons. Raman Singh chief minister of Chattissgarh while speaking at a seminar on Naxalism on 11 August in the national capital said that Naxalism is bigger menace than terrorism and integrated action plan for development is the need of the hour to curb the problem.

The measure suggested by the chief minister to counter Naxalism was sealing of inter state borders in the troubled areas and deployment of adequate forces equipped with sophisticated arms and weapons. The other measure suggested by him was through proper dialogue and development of the Naxal affected areas. Raman Singh also sought a package of Rs 125 crore from Centre to tackle the problem. Apart from this he has also asked for IED detection technology and upgradation of the existing technology in the state. This is not the first time that Naxalism is being looked upon as a bigger menace than terror.

In September 2009 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while addressing the Directors General and Inspectors General of Police’s in New Delhi on the concluding day of the two-day conference organised by the Intelligence Bureau said, “I have consistently held that Naxalism poses perhaps the gravest internal security threat that we face. We have not achieved as much success as we would have liked in containing it. It is a matter of concern that despite efforts, the level of violence in the affected states continues to rise.” Further, in February 2010 Vikram Srivastav, Central Reserve Police Force Director General during his interaction with media had described Naxal violence in some parts of the country as more challenging than dealing with terrorist groups.

Home minister P Chidambaram while addressing the chief ministers on internal security in the national capital in February 2011 had informed them that the left wing extremism continued to be a major challenge to internal security.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2011 on page no. 11

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