Govt launches media campaign against Maoists

Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 17:54

New Delhi: To isolate the Maoists, the government on Sunday launched a media blitzkrieg by putting out an advertisement in national and regional newspapers about the violence carried out by the Naxals, whom it termed as "nothing but cold-blooded murderers".

The advertisement carries full particulars and photographs of seven people, included a four-year-old child, who were killed by the Maoists in a gruesome manner in Chhattisgarh and through it the Home Ministry wanted to highlight the Naxal menace, its barbarity and its impact on innocent civilians.

"Look at these innocent people -- victims of Naxal violence. Naxals are nothing, but cold-blooded murderers," the advertisement says.

This was for the first time that the Home Ministry has come out with such an advertisement in three national and several regional newspapers (in Naxal-affected states) against the Maoists and today`s advertisement is part of government`s larger media plan to corner the Naxals and convince people about the ill-effects of left wing extremism.

"We wanted to expose the true colours of the Maoists before the nation because many people still believe in the ideology of the Maoists," a Home Ministry official said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, too, had said last week that despite its sanguinary nature, the movement manages to retain the support of a section of the tribal communities and the poorest of the poor in many affected areas.

"It has influence among certain sections of the civil society, the intelligentsia and the youth. It still retains a certain elan.....I expect you to keep this in mind as you devise newer and better strategies to deal with this problem," Singh had said.

The government is also planning to give advertisements in Pakistani newspapers about the terrorists of that country who were either killed or arrested in India and whom the Pakistan government refused to accept as their citizens, the officials said.

The advertisements will also carry particulars and photographs of the terrorists, including those involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 17:54

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