Indian gov't not to use army against Naxalite rebels

16:39, July 06, 2010      

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The Indian government has reiterated that it would not use the army to fight the extreme left-wing Naxalite rebels.

Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said in a statement made late Monday that the government will not deploy army in areas infested with the rebels.

"The Center (central government) has discussed the issue in detail at the Cabinet Committee for Security meet and concluded that at the moment, there is no need for deploying the Army in Naxal-hit areas. The motive is to understand the ground situation and solve the local problems. Secondly, the purpose is that the government wants to make an integrated developmental plan," Pillai said.

However, Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram had earlier publicly supported the deployment of troops in rebel-infested areas, while Defence Minister A.K. Antony was opposed to the idea.

Source: Xinhua

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