The Centre on Wednesday vowed to continue its operations to eliminate Maoist violence and promised full support to the security forces in their fight.
Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha on the recent killing of 14 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave a detailed account of the incident and said there would be no let-up in operations against Maoists. He said, “I would like to reiterate that the Central government is committed firmly to tackle Left Wing Extremism… It is our firm commitment to provide every possible assistance to the security forces and we will continue the operations till this problem is fully eradicated.”
Singh said the government had taken security-related steps and growth initiatives, besides trying to ensure rights and entitlements to tribals and other weaker sections. He said, “As a result of the implementation of this strategy, the morale of the Maoists has weakened… The number of surrenders by Maoists cadres has increased substantially in the current year… The LWE violence has also been declining since 2011, and this trend continues in the current year also.”
The Centre, he said, was taking “all possible measures to increase the capability of the state governments.” Singh also made a statement in the Rajya Sabha over the issue.
Responding to an Opposition demand during the zero hour, the Home Minister announced that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to probe the incident of fire which gutted a church in east Delhi.