Govt considering to deploy special forces to combat naxalism

Highly placed sources in the government said the proposal being shepherded by the Home Ministry recognises the need to take some steps to deal with the menace in a number of states. The sources said there is a view that greater and larger quantum of force should be used against the naxalites. The sources said Home Minister P Chidambaram is on record to say that government may have to use special forces in the fight against Maoists.

A decision in this regard will be taken by a special committee, they said. The idea is what should be the strategy and the need decide on the quantum of forces, the sources said.
On the arrest of a top Maoist leader Khobad Ghandy, a Doon-school educated London-trained Chartered Accountant, in Delhi, the sources said some decades back there used to be some sympathy and support for Left extremist ideology which has now waned among intelligentsia, NGOs and activists.

Now the Maoists have degenerated into an extortionist force and there was no no real purpose in holding talks with them, the sources said. Stressing the need for people's movement against Maoists, the official said the salwa jhudum movement in Chhatisgarh was a genuine people's movement which the naxalites dreaded.

"We need people's movement in defence of the poorest of the poor," the official said.
Asked about the controversial encounter killing of Isharat Jahan and three others in Gujarat on the basis of inputs given by Intelligence Bureau, the official said the IB was not involved in it. The IB gave some valuable inputs on the people but it did not say "please go and do encounter".

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