Only long term development can solve Naxal problem: Nitish

Under flak from the Oppn for allegedly going soft towards Maoists in Bihar, Nitish Kumar today said only long term development could deter the poor and tribal people from the "lure of the ultra-left insurgency".

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2010, 18:59 PM IST

Patna: Under flak from the opposition
for allegedly going soft towards tackling the Maoist menace in
Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said only long term
development could deter the poor and tribal people from the
"lure of the ultra-left insurgency".

"I still maintain that a long term development alone
can solve the Naxal problem. The development activities should
be aimed at ending the exploitation of the rural, poor and
tribal people," he told reporters here.

There should be no scope for corruption in such
development activities to prevent vulnerable people from being
wooed by the Maoists, he said.

But at the same time, law enforcing authorities should
carry out routine policing and combing operations against the
Maoists, but there should not be violation of human rights in
the event of any arrest, the chief minister said.

PTI