HM Pays Homage To CRPF Jawans, Vows To Review Naxal Policy

As more and more security personnel are getting killed in the Naxal violence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday announced that government will review its Naxal policy.

Raipur: Describing the Naxal ambush in which 26 CRPF jawans were killed on Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that their sacrifices would not go in vain. He paid homage to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Sukma district of Chattisgarh. He said that the government would review the Naxal policy in the wake of Naxal violence. Terming the act as cowardly, he asserted that Centre and State governments would work together and take necessary action. This is considered as the deadliest attack by the Naxalites in the State. Nearly three to four hundred Naxals ambushed the jawans who were deployed to protect a significant road project.

Meanwhile, according to various intelligence websites that keep a track of such incidents, 1911 (including Monday’s incident) security personnel died in Naxal-related incidents across the country since 2005. While Chattisgarh recorded 942 deaths during this period, the deadly casualties inflicted by Maoists in Chattisgarh in 2007 and 2010, recorded deaths of 182 jawans in 2007 and 153 in 2010.

Apart from the death of security forces even civilians and the rebel casualties too grew. According to the recent statistics, nearly 2,989 civilians, 2,571 Naxals were killed in action since 2005 across the country. And Chattisgarh recorded the highest numbers of 752 civilians and 918 Naxal killings. Most of the casualties were recorded in Bastar, Bijapur, Sukma and Dantewada districts which are Naxal bastions.

As the security forces are paying a heavy price in tackling the Maoists, it is time for the government to review its policies and to come out with a solution to the problem.

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