Labelling naxals as the “biggest terrorists”, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday said they may have links with Lashkar-e-Taiba and the menace would have to be tackled through joint efforts between the Centre and the state without use of air strikes.
Two days after naxals carried out another major strike in his state in a month killing 35 people, Singh said the Left-wing
extremists were now better trained and “force” would have to be applied along with development to deal with the problem.
Addressing a press conference here, he said he was getting adequate support from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram.
“Who else can be termed as terrorists? They are the biggest terrorists….Naxalism is a biggest challenge to the democracy. They want to capture power at gunpoint,” Singh said when asked whether naxals were terrorists.
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