Rajnath says Centre committed to assist Naxal-infested states
Raipur, March 11: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Centre is committed to provide all assistance to tackle the menace of Naxalism in affected states. All cooperation would be extended. He was holding a high level meeting in Raipur this evening to review the situation of Bastar region of Chhattisgarh following today’s Naxal attack in which 12 CRPF personnel were killed.
Union minister in strong words condemned the incident said that under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre will act to eradicate the problem from its root. He expressed his condolences to the family members of martyred soldiers.
Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ram Sevak Painkra, agriculture and water resources minister Brijmohan Agrawal, Food and Civil Supplies minister Punnulal Mohle, Forest minister Mahesh Gagda, social welfare and child development minister Mrs Ramsheela Sahu, former Speaker Dharmalal Kaushik officiating Chief Secretary and ACS Ajay Singh, Director General of Police A N Upadhaya, Home department principal secretary B V R Subramanian, DG (Naxal Operation) D M Awasthi, Central Reserve Police Force Director General S Lakhatkia, Central Home Ministry joint secretary (LWE) P K Vashist, state and central government other senior officials attended the meeting.
Earlier, Mr Singh along with Chief Minister Raman Singh visited the injured Jawans in hospital. They also paid homage to the martyrs in Mana Camp near Raipur.
The Maoists ambushed a Road Opening Party of CRPF near Bhejji of Sukma district. Maoists triggered powerful IED blasts and later opened indiscriminate firing. Maoists also looted 10 weapons from the slain security personnel before fleeing to the nearby forests. Intensive search operations are being carried out in the area after the incident.
Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon has condemned the incident in which in which 12 CRPF jawans were killed. Condemning the act of Naxalites, he termed it as act of cowardice. He said that martyrdom of the jawans would not go waste. He wished for early recovery of the injured jawans.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh also condemned the incident. He said that CRPF jawan had gone for providing security to the Injram-Bhejji under construction road in Sukma district. Chief Minister said that the jawans found with valour and had paid their life for democracy and development of most backward region, Sukma district. With continuous pressure from the security forces, the root of Naxalism was being uprooted and they were under pressure. Under it, they are acting in cowardice, due to which they are indulging in violence.
Chief Minister had called the Prime Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intimate about the incident. He then called an emergency meeting of home department officials and senior police officials. He directed the state police officials to take assistance of CRPF to remain alert and hunt down those involved in the incident and arrest them.
During the visit to the hospital based at Devendra Nagar, Union Home Minister and Chief Minister met CRPF jawans Jaidev and Mohammed Salim and inquired about their health. The leaders sought details of their health from doctors and instructed the hospital management to provide the best medical service to them.
Both the jawans were airlifted from Injaram-Bhejji route to Raipur. Home Minister assured the jawans that their total medical expenses would be borne by the government. The government would make necessary arrangement for arrival of their family members. Injured jawan Jaidev hails from West Bengal while Mohammed Salim hails from Gulmargh (Jammu and Kashmir).
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