Defence Minister A K Antony ruled out the deployment of armed forces to directly tackle Naxals,a comment that is significant as it came two days after a major offensive by the rebels killed 27,including PCC chief and his son,in Chhattisgarh.
Speaking after inaugurating the fighter aircraft base for a squadron of Su-30MKI at Thanjavur,Antony said there was no proposal to deploy Army in Naxal-hit states,an idea that has been considered in the past in the aftermath of deadly attacks like the one in Bastar Saturday. However,the Army will extend support without directly involving itself. The Army assisted in the rescue operations in Chhattisgarh after the tragic incident two days ago, he said.
Antony then sought to underline the importance of strengthening the local police and central paramilitary forces to combat the Naxals.