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Committed to counter Maoist ultras, says Assam CM Tarun Gogoi

November 22, 2011 - Guwahati

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that efforts are on to counter Maoist activity in the state, and added that the authorities would deal firmly with any act of violence committed by them.

Highlighting the importance of negotiating with Maoists, Gogoi said that strict action would be taken by the state if violence perpetrates the region.

"Our effort will continue to bring them to negotiating terms but at the same time, we will also deal very firmly if they commit any violence, both things will go together," Gogoi told the media here.

He also said that the state's vigilant security system has restricted Maoist penetration.

"They have not been able to spread their wings as far as possible because of our strict vigilance," said Gogoi.

Describing the Naxals as the worst violators of human rights, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had earlier said that people at large need to understand that the rebels are involved in widespread cases of human rights violation.

Despite strong initiatives taken by the Centre, the Maoist insurgency has gripped nearly a-third of the country, spreading into the interiors of 20 states of the country.


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