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Prashant Bhushan draws flak again for wanting referendum on Naxal-hit areas

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed their annoyance over Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan’s statement on ‘referendum’ to decide the deployment of paramilitary forces in the Naxal hit areas in India.

Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, while addressing mediapersons on Sunday, lambasted at Bhushan’s statement and said that such statements will demoralise the armed forces fighting against Maoists under difficult situation.

‘Our party strongly condemn his statements, which have a direct impact on internal security related matters,’ she said.

On Saturday Bhushan had said that Maoists should join the AAP movement and also called for a ‘referendum’ on the issue of deployment of paramilitary forces in the Maoist-hit areas. This is not for the first time when his statement has created a controversy. Earlier, a few days back he sought a referendum on the deployment of armed forces in Kashmir.

Nirmala said, ‘Even the Prime Minister himself admitted that one of the gravest threats which India is facing is the Naxal movement. The Maoist problem is a very sensitive and a serious issue. The Red corridor relating states are constantly improving on issues taken up by Naxals. Such statement is against the forces and state governments, who are trying hard to sort out this problem.’

While claiming that such controversial statement is going to add more problems to the menace (Maoist), she said, ‘It is not anybody’s business to demoralise the forces who are fighting against the Maoists. This is a sensitive matter and the union government and the state governments are trying to sort out the problem peacefully.’

On the context of union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s recent ‘controversial letter’ on releasing minority youth who are detained wrongfully, the BJP leader said, ‘His proposal is unconstitutional. Everybody is equal before the judiciary and it will be illegal to withdraw cases against a particular community. This is not right.’

CRPF deploys 200 special commandos 
for anti-Maoists operations in Bihar 
New Delhi: In the backdrop of the union home ministry recently pulling up Bihar for its ‘failure’ in controlling Naxal violence, the CRPF has now deployed close to 200 commandos of its special CoBRA battalion to bring lethality in its offensives in the state.

The anti-Naxal warfare trained commandos will now not only assist about 5,000 troops of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) already deployed and tasked for these operations in the state, but also carry out specific intelligence inputs based strikes.

The units of the 207th battalion of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) has been based in Jamui, sources said, after taking them out from West Bengal where the Naxal situation is under control.

The CoBRA will also provide the much needed intelligence inputs to the regular CRPF units who rue that they are not getting much of this vital information from state police.
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