Impose emergency, AFSPA in Chhattisgarh, says Swamy after killing of 25 jawans
New Delhi, April 26: Two days after Naxals in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, killed 25 and injured several Central Reserve Police Force personnel, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy suggested imposition of emergency and the Armed Forces Special Power Act in the Maoist-hit state.
"It's now time that Sukma and other parts of Chhattisgarh be brought under Article 352 of the Constitution, which means emergency. This is an armed revolt. Therefore, we should declare emergency and impose the AFSPA in the state. We must now crackdown the Maoists and do it in such a way that they will regret what they did," Swamy told ANI.
A day after the Sukma Naxal attack, the Chhattisgarh government and the Centre on Tuesday said they will review strategy against the Maoists and promised retaliation in equal measure.
"The sacrifice of our brave jawans will not go in vain," said Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Raipur. Singh said a meeting of all Maoist-affected states will be held on May 8 to look at ways to root out left-wing extremism.
"We will review the strategy (of dealing with Naxalites) and if necessary we will revisit it," Singh said after paying homage to the CRPF jawans killed in the Sukma Naxal attack.
Singh said the Maoists are trying to hamper the development activities and using the tribals as fodder. "They (tribals) are being used as human shields," Singh said. "We are working to root out the problem of left-wing extremism," the minister said, describing the attack as a cold-blooded murder.
"It was an act of cowardice and desperation. We have accepted it as a challenge."
Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who addressed the media along with the home minister, said anti-Naxal operations would be conducted with 'more vigour' in the coming days.
"An operation with more firmness will be conducted in the coming days. I believe that the fight against Naxals in Sukma is the biggest battle being fought against left-wing extremism in the country. We have decided to enhance our activities and construction work in the region," he said.