Hyderabad: Naxalites are obstructing
development in the areas where they have a strong presence in
Chhattisgarh, but the Government is trying to sow the seeds
of growth to root out the menace, the Maoist-hit state`s
Governor Shekhar Dutt said on Monday.
"These people have closed a particular area from all
kinds of development because it is their interest to see that
no development takes place," he said.
"I think we have to gradually move in and the seeds of
development must go into these places. Therefore, it is not
something which can be done immediately. Immediately, it can
be done. That is by force. But we are not using that kind of
force," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event at the
College of Defence Management (CDM) here.
To a query, the Chhattisgarh Governor said the anti-
Naxal operations is not like a traditional war in which the
security forces will have quick success.
"This is not that kind of a thing. It is regarding a
number of people, the villagers are not allowed to do their
own business. They must improve along with time. New
technologies and communication must come. For communication,
you need towers. If they destroy the (cell phone) towers, are
they pro-people or against people?" he asked.
Earlier, Dutt, in his valedictory address to the CDM
students, said the concept of security should not be confined
to the application of force by the state.