Mumbai, Dec 31: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today expressed concern over the naxalite activities in Gadchiroli district of Vidarbha region in Maharashtra and said he would take up the issue with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in a meeting later.
Talking to reporters here, he said the year 2011 witnessed a historic low in the level of violence in the affected states, especially Jammu and Kashmir, the North Eastern states and the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) or Maoist violence-affected states.
He said 31 civilians and 33 security personnel lost their lives in Jammu & Kashmir (as against 47 and 69, respectively, in 2010).
The containment of violence was due to the fact that Panchayat elections were held in Jammu & Kashmir after a gap of 23 years.
In the North-Eastern states, 69 civilians and 32 security personnel were killed (as against 94 and 20, respectively, in 2010).
This trend was also due to the fact that most organisations in the North East are in ‘talks’ mode, including ULFA and NDFB, he said.
A tripartite agreement has been entered into with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and a memorandum of settlement has been signed with UPDS, he noted.
Chidambaram said the level of violence in LWE affected states also declined, although it is still unacceptably high. 447 civilians and 142 security personnel were killed (as against 718 and 285, respectively, in 2010). For example, in November naxals killed 42 people (38 civilians and four security people) and in December naxals killed 45 people (31 civilians and 14 security personnel).
The Integrated Action Plan with an outlay of Rs 1,500 crore in 2010-11 and Rs 1,800 crore in 2011-12 was a major innovation, the Minister said.
Besides, decentralised decision making, empowering district level officers and quick, time-bound implementation of the works have brought development to the villages in the most backward and violence-affected districts of India, he observed.
Talking about the bomb blasts on July 13 in Mumbai and on September seven in Delhi, he said the bomb blasts were a stern reminder that terrorist modules continue to be active in the country. In the year 2011, 18 terrorist modules were neutralised, he informed. While investigations in the Delhi bomb blast case have led to the arrest of three people and to the identification of three wanted people, the Minister said investigations were underway in the triple Mumbai bomb blasts case.
He further said he would take up this matter with the state and seek details today.
Stating that the year 2011 had been a satisfactory one with many achievements yet with some setbacks, he said, ”I expect that capacity building will continue to be the focus for another 2-3 years before we can claim that we have adequate capacity to face the multiple challenges to internal security. Capacity building in the future would have to take note of technological advances and incorporate new technology into the security architecture.” ”Violence is still at an unacceptably high level and every effort will be made to contain violence. Militant groups will be prevailed upon, through a judicious mix of police action and developmental action, to realise the futility of violence and that the only way to resolve differences in a democratic society is through talks,” he observed.
Chidambaram also spoke about the Lokpal Bill, highlighting the unusually high number of amendments moved by the opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha. He stressed that even if the Rajya Sabha session would have been extended by a day, the Lokpal Bill could not have been passed as the Lok Sabha had been adjourned, sine die.
He squarely blamed BJP for tabling 187 amendments in Rajya Sabha and helping to halt the bill.
He admitted that the Trinamool Congress, a major ally of UPA, was against the bill on some points and added that there may be some changes in the bill which could be tabled during budget session of Parliament. (UNI)



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