Ahead of Modi's visit, no hostage crisis in Chhattisgarh say police

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Dantewada, May 9: Even as claims emerged that the naxals had taken around 300 villagers hostage ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, the police at Chhattisgarh have denied any crisis.

The police say that it is not a hostage crisis, but a meeting of the naxals with the villagers of Maringa which has been on since late last night. Superintendent of Police S D Sharavan informed that there is only a meeting on with the villagers and the naxals and there is no hostage crisis.

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No hostage crisis: Chhattisgarh police

An attempt to prevent villagers from attending programme

The meeting of the naxals and the villagers which has been on since late last night was only to ensure that none of them attend the Prime Minister's programme.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to inaugurate a 24,000 crore - a steel plant in Dantewada's Dilmili village and the second phase of a 140 km railway line from Raoghat to Jagdalpur.

While the villagers have been prevented from attending the rally, there is no hostage crisis and no danger to the lives of those present with the naxals, police officials also said.

Naxal cause would be defeated

Scores of villagers were on their way to attend the Prime Minister's programme. However naxals feel that such a show of solidarity would affect their cause and they have been lying to the people that there is no developmental work being undertaken by the government.

Naxals thrive on such issue and villagers are their backbones for logistics and information against the police.

If the villagers in large numbers express solidarity with the government then the very cause of the naxals would be defeated and hence such an act to prevent them from attending the programme is being made.

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