5,412 kilometre of roads is what hurt the naxals the most
Development is what hurt the Naxalites. On Monday around 300 Naxalites unleashed terror on a CRPF team in which 26 jawans were martyred. Sukma in Chhattisgarh where the attack took place has been seeing a lot of development work of late and the Naxalites are unhappy about the same.
The CRPF has been instrumental in helping with these developmental works which includes laying miles of roads in Sukma. It may be recalled that the Ministry for Home Affairs had given the green signal for the construction of 5,412 kilometres of roads in 44 districts which are worst hit by Naxals. The roads are being constructed in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.
The construction of the roads means development. Once these road works are completed then schools, colleges, hospitals and other businesses would be facilitated. This would be one of the biggest hits on the ideology of the Naxalites who have been propagating that the state does nothing for the development of the people.
The CRPF plays a major role in developmental works in Naxal-hit areas. This is one of the main reasons, the Naxalites carry out a targetted hit on the CRPF personnel. "Such attacks," according to K Vijay Kumar, senior security advisor on Left-Wing extremism in the Home ministry, "are a message to the CRPF to stop indulging in developmental work. They feel threatened and hence are indulging in such attacks."