'Naxals may have links with LeT'

'Naxals may have links with LeT'

At a press conference here, Singh said: “Though I have no confirmation but some facts have come to light, indicating that Naxals may have some connection with Lashkar (LeT) militants. The manner in which they are using IEDs, explosives and weapons with 100 per cent technical surety shows there are experts behind this who are giving them training,” Singh said.

To a question, he said aerial support was welcome but air strikes could not be an option in the Naxal-infested areas because it could have collateral damage.

“I don’t recommend use of air power as Chhattisgarh has a huge dense forest cover inhabited by tribals and if any such attack is launched, then they will suffer greatly. Bombing is not possible in these areas. This is not a war,” he added.

“There are landmines up to 100 km in an area. If there is a blast it will take hours to take the injured to hospital by road. Army helicopters can be used in this case and also for supplying emergency rations,” Singh said.

To a question, Raman Singh said: “There cannot be any hard or soft line to tackle Naxalism. What have we achieved by adopting a soft line against them in the last 50 years?”
The chief minister said the strategy was to continue with the development process in Maoist-infested areas. “At the same time force would also be used to deal with them,” he said.
He said a joint strategy with Centre is needed on a long- term basis to fight the Naxals.

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