CMs of Naxal-hit states to meet on Sept 19
New Delhi, September 13
The recent incidents in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand clearly indicate that the Naxals are targeting innocent people in those villages where there has been local resistance.
The proposed meeting assumes significance as some of the states severely affected by Naxalism, especially Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, have been repeatedly demanding a “uniform policy” as well as a “united and coordinated operation” from all the affected states.
Meanwhile, condemning the incident in a Jharkhand village in which 15 persons were killed on September 11, a Home Ministry press note said “there has been local resistance by people against Naxalite violence in Chhattisgarh and other states”.
Observing that the Jharkhand attack was against members of a village defence committee, it said “this is more out of desperation because the Naxals feel threatened by the growing anti-Naxalite movement among the people”.
The Jharkhand attack by suspected Naxalites had taken place within a week of a landmine blast near Bijapur in Chhattisgarh killing 24 policemen, including 22 from the CRPF.