Gurgaon : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the “serious” challenge of Naxalism in the country has entered its “last leg”. The minister paid tributes to the nine men of the force who were killed in a Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma early this month.
“Maoism has become a serious challenge… but because of the gallant and determined action of the CRPF and other forces, these incidents have come down drastically.”
“You have always given a muh tod jawab (befitting reply) to these activities,” Singh said.
The minister lauded the gallantry of the troops of the country’s largest paramilitary force as he underlined that the CRPF men and women did not “lose their patience” during the deteriorating security situation in the Kashmir valley.
He praised the courage of CRPF Commandant Chetan Cheeta who was part of the anniversary parade. Cheeta took nine bullets during an operation in Kashmir valley last year and displayed rare grit and brilliance during recuperation and he also joined duty few days back at the force headquarters in Delhi.
“Earlier, the casualty amongst security forces personnel and civilians was higher but now it is the reverse and the casualty rate of the Maoist cadres is higher,” Singh said at the parade ground of the CRPF officers academy in Kadarpur.
“I can say that the LWE problem in the country has entered its last leg and the people very well understand that Naxals are anti-poor, anti-tribal and anti-development,” the Minister Said.
Addressing troops of the country’s lead anti-Naxal operations force CRPF on the occasion of their 79th Raising Day, the home minister said due to operational efforts of these forces incidents of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) have “drastically” come down in the recent past and the casualty rate of extremists has gone up.