Naxals should give up arms: DGP
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 18:42
Bangalore: Karnataka DGP M Shankar Bidari on Thursday asked Naxals operating in Malnad area to give up arms and make good use of the rehabilitation package announced by the government to enable them to join the mainstream.

"The government and Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda are keen to see Naxals relinquish violence. They should use the rehabilitation package announced and join the mainstream," he told reporters here.

Police would intimate the date and place of surrender within 24 hours of Naxals conveying the list of their members who wished to surrender, he said.

His comments come in the wake of an encounter between police and Naxals on March 10 and Home Minister R Ashok's statement in the Assembly that some Sri Lankan nationals have joined hands with Naxals and are operating in Malnad area.

Bidari said the path of violence chosen by the Naxals was against the ethos of the state. "Karnataka is a peaceful and cultured state. It has got good administration, social and religious traditions," he said.

The officer refused to comment on Ashok's statement, saying "I do not want to say anything on the matter as it (naxalism) is a very sensitive issue."


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 18:42

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