Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil has said that the Naxals are the biggest stumbling block in the development of Gadchiroli.
The Naxals have become the greatest hurdle in the way of development of Gadchiroli. We dont believe in bullet. The government is committed to exploitation-free development of the district. Let the Naxals come forward one step in this process and we will take two steps, Patil told mediapersons here last evening.
Patil,who is also the guardian minister of the district,was in the city to attend an Independence Day programme and visit the flood-affected areas.
The minister said he firmly believed that naxal menace was not a law and order problem but a socio-economic one. It is because of this belief that the police are engaged in development activities also,besides their routine job of maintaining law and order,he said.Asked about the Medhri encounter controversy in which six women Naxals were killed even though they were ready to surrender,Patil said the police personnel had to take a decision seeing the ground situation.
What is the guarantee that some Naxals raise their hands for surrender and the others fire at the police? Should the policemen be allowed to die in such a situation? he said,adding that the truth would come out after a magisterial inquiry into the
On the insufficient financial assistance to flood-affected people of Vidarbha,Patil said he would take up the issue with the chief minister.
Reacting to the demand of senior NCP leader Dharmarao Baba Atram to include Gadhiroli and Chandrapur districts in Telangana,the home minister said it was his personal view and not that of the party.
However,our party will honour the sentiments of the people of Vidarbha regarding their demand of a separate state for the region, he said.