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Keep Army off Naxal-hit areas for now,say MPs

Underlining the need of giving a push to development works in the most-backward areas,Members of Parliament from Naxal-affected states said on Friday that the right time for involving the Army in anti-Naxal operations has not yet come....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 5, 2010 3:00:01 am

Underlining the need of giving a push to development works in the most-backward areas,Members of Parliament from Naxal-affected states said on Friday that the right time for involving the Army in anti-Naxal operations has not yet come.

The sentiment was expressed at the second meeting between the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and MPs representing the worst Naxal-affected regions. The meeting,which remained inconclusive,was chaired by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

“Army’s help can be taken for training,but the time has not come yet for direct involvement of the Armed Forces,” JD(U) MP from Aurangabad (Bihar) Sushil Kumar Singh said after the meeting. Singh added that the Army should only be used as a last option and that the government should first utilise the existing resources at hand.

BJP MP from Jamshedpur Arjun Munda,too,stated that the Maoist menace could only be solved effectively by developing the backward areas. “Development should be carried out with a holistic approach. That is the only solution,” he said.

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