New Delhi: Terming Naxalism as the biggest
challenge to democracy, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman
Singh on Thursday suggested sealing of the inter-state borders
in the affected areas and deployment of Special Forces which
are properly armed there.
Speaking at a discussion on Naxalism at the Constitution
Club here, Singh, whose state is reeling under Naxal violence,
however, stressed that the problem could only be solved
through dialogue and continuous development of the affected
Stating that Naxalism has to end and there was "no way
backwards" on this, the chief minister cautioned that one had
to be prepared for a long-drawn battle to end the menace.
On the Supreme Court judgement with regard to disarming
the SPOs in naxal-infested areas, Singh said, "While fully
respecting the apex court judgement, we have issued an
ordinance to form the Chhattisgarh Auxiliary Force whereby
6,000-odd tribals will be part of this force."
He said, "If we disarm the SPOs, who will protect them and
their families, who have already suffered many killings of
their kin. The State has now provided them with uniform,
better pay scales and insurance to live a life of dignity."
Citing the example of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, who
dodged police forces of three states for 12 years, the
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister said, "I have thousands of
Veerappan hiding in bigger jungles, who are also armed with
Singh sought the Centre`s help in tackling naxalism
asking for a Rs 125-crore package for upgrading firearm and
bomb-detection technology in the state. "We do not have IED
detection technology and are seeking the Centre`s help in
upgrading our technology."