Govt against using Army to fight Naxals: PC

Chidambaram said the use of armed forces against Naxals could lead to loss of civilian lives.

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 23:49 PM IST

Virudhunagar: Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram has said the Government did not want to use the
Armed Forces to contain Naxal violence as this could lead to
loss of civilian lives.

Government was not in favour of deploying the Army to
combat Naxals because the Air Force too would have to be
engaged, he said at a public meeting here last night.

Referring to Naxal operations in seven states, he said
the paramilitary forces would continue to counter the
Left-wing extremists.

Chidambaram said he was also concerned about possibility
of violence rearing its head in Tamil Nadu as some persons
from this district were making inflammatory speeches that
could instigate violence.

"If there is violence in speech and writing...there will
be violence in the action also. This cannot be allowed at any
point of time. We will not allow violence to rear its head in
Tamil Nadu," he said.

Chidambaram, who was participating in the 108th birth
anniversary celebrations of former chief minister Kamaraj and
125th Anniversary of the Congress party, said, "We have a
dream about Kamarajar Atchi (Government) blossoming again in
Tamil Nadu. We long for that. But Kamarajar Government is
there at the Centre and several states. The Central government
is being run in the direction shown by Kamaraj.

PTI