Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
today underlined the need for development to thwart the rising
influence of Maoists in the state.
``The Maoists are a threat and to neutralise that the
government is focussed on development,`` Gogoi told reporters
Deputy commissioners of the districts had been asked to
identify the underdeveloped villages and the government would
go in for massive development there, he declared.
He said he was aware that the Maoists were trying to
increase their activity in the state, but assured the
government was keeping a strict vigil.
Expressing satisfaction that the people have become
aware of the ill effects of insurgency, the Chief Minister
said that the security forces were getting regular inputs
from local villagers about the presence of ultras.
``Public support for the ultras have dwindled as they
have realised that the top militants are leading a luxurious
life in posh hotels of foreign countries,`` he said.