New Delhi, Oct 28: Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday, Oct 28, urged Maoists to abjure violence and said that involving armed forces in the 'anti-naxal' operation would be a last resort.
Speaking to reporters here, "What we are demanding is that they should abjure violence--whether in West Bengal or in other areas. In our view, deployment of armed forces for internal security is the last resort."
Defence Minister's statements comes a day after Maoists held a train hostage in West Bengal and released it after several hours.
"I agree that Naxalism is a serious threat but it has to be mainly handled by paramilitary and police," he added.