‘Violence in the country still at unacceptably high level`

The government admitted that violence in the country was still at an "unacceptably high level" and reminded militant groups of the futility of armed movement saying only talks can bring solution to their problems.

New Delhi: The government on Friday admitted
that violence in the country was still at an "unacceptably
high level" and reminded militant groups of the futility of
armed movement saying only talks can bring solution to their
problems.

"Violence is still at an unacceptably high level and
every effort will be made to contain violence," Home Minister
P Chidambaram said at a press conference here.

The Home Minister said militant groups would be prevailed
upon, through judicious mix of police action and developmental
action, to realise the futility of violence and that the only
way to resolve differences in a democratic society is through
talks.

"In any democratic society that wants a peaceful
atmosphere, containment of violence is always the buzzword. We
have to bring down violence near zero level and make people
understand the futility of violence. Nobody is going to over
throw the state by violence. So, it is a completely futile
method to achieve one`s goal," he said.

Asked what will be his priority in the new year,
Chidambaram said in 2012, capacity building would continue to
be the buzz word and it would take two to three years, to
reach a capacity where government can say that it can meet the
challenges.

"But when the adversaries increase their capacity,
obviously we have to match their capacity too. The second
watch word would be settlements or talks leading to agreement
with larger number of groups. I think it is possible to reach
settlements with at least four groups in 2012," he said.

PTI

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