Naxalism will be wiped out in 3 years: Rajnath

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the menace of Left-wing extremism (LWE) would be wiped out from the country in about three years. Addressing troops of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), a special unit of the CRPF, on the occasion of its 26th anniversary celebrations here, Mr. Singh said their action should be rapid and quick but never “reckless”. Speaking at the CRPF camp here, he said districts affected by Naxal violence had come down to 10-12 from 126 some time ago. “The day is not far, may be in a time period of one, two or three years, that Left-wing extremism will be eliminated from the country and this would happen due to your [CRPF] determination, courage and hard work and that of the State police forces,” he said. “I congratulate you on the kind of work you have done in the LWE theatre of the country,” Mr. Singh said. The Minister said the force had killed 131 Maoists and militants, apprehended 1,278 and effected 58 surrenders during this year.Talking about the specific role of the RAF, during riots and protests, the Home Minister said all the police forces are like civilised units and they should never do anything that will label them as “brutal.”
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