Don`t use military to tackle Maoists: Bardhan

Last Updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 - 16:06

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI on Friday said it is
against using defence forces to combat naxal elements but made
it clear that the party did not approve the violent methods
used by Left extremist groups.

"Using army and air force to combat Maoists will set a
bad precedent and the collateral disaster of such a course
would be serious," CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said.

Speaking at a meet-the-press programme here, he said "we
totally dissociate with the political strategies of Maoists.
But using army to put them down is not justified. Instead,
police and paramilitary forces should be used."

Stating that his own partymen were often victims of Naxal
violence in areas like Bastar in Chhattisgarh, he said the
extremists should be fought politically and a "socio-economic
dimension" should be evolved to solve the issues faced by
people in naxal-affected areas.

Bardhan also said that the Maoists were actually giving
an excuse to the government to "unleash state-sponsored
violence against people."

Admitting that there was also a failure on the part of
mainstream Left in tackling issues of most backward areas, he
said there was still scope in Indian parliamentary system to
address these problems in a democratic manner.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, October 9, 2009 - 16:06

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