A day after Maoists beheaded and killed a Special Branch police inspector,Francis Eduwar,Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi attributed the spread of Naxalism to the “inability” of state governments to reach out to the people.
Addressing a news conference during a day-long visit to the Kerala capital,Gandhi said governments in states like Jharkhand,Chhattisgarh or Orissa were not effectively reaching out to the people and this was a primary reason for the menace spreading across the eastern and landscape.
“There are experts in the government who know how to combat Naxalism. But my view is that there is a connection between Naxalism and local governments’ inability to reach out to people and lack of development”,Gandhi said.
His remarks came after Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that the Government would support the family of Jharkhand Special Branch police inspector Francis Enduwar,who was beheaded by the Maoists.
Chidambaram also said that it was the responsibility of the Government to take care of police officers family.
The Government will fulfil its duty and pay compensation to Enduwars family, the Union Home Minister said after addressing a part rally in Thiruvananthapuram.
Earlier in the day,Chidambaram denied reports of the Maoists demanding the release of their arrested leaders or of a note being found on Enduwars body as was earlier reported.
The decapitated body of Enduwar,who was kidnapped on September 30,was found on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi Highway at 9.15 a.m. Tuesday morning. It was then reported that a note had been found that warned the government that they could expect more of the same treatment if their demands were not acceded to.