Home Minister P Chidambaram has accepted that Naxalism and the threat it poses to the country was under-estimated for a long time. He was speaking in Rajya Sabha.
Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, the Union minister said that for years the real threat from Naxalites wasn't assessed. He went on to say that left-wing extremism has consolidated over the years.
Recently, 38 policemen including the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Rajnandgaon district was killed in a Naxal ambush. Initial figures said that the figure was dead was 24 but it went up to 38.
The dead included Vinod Kumar Chaubey, the SP of Rajnandgaon. Three attacks were planned by Maoists in a day on July 12 in the same district. Lately massacres of policemen in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa and Jharkhand have alarmed the centre.
Chidambaram is however not in favour of Salwa Judam like experiment of Chhattisgarh and said that he didn't want the involvement of non-state players in fighting the red terrorism. The Centre is drawing up a plan in consultation with the state governments to fight the Naxal menace, he said.
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