Left Wing Extremism Will Be Eliminated From The Country In 3 Years: Rajnath Singh

| October 7 , 2018 , 17:54 IST

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday hailed the efforts of security forces against Left Wing Extremism (LWE) and said that the LWE can be wiped out from India within 3 years.

“The day is not far, maybe in a time period of 1-2 or 3 years, that the LWE will be wiped out from the country and this would happen due to your (CRPF) determination, courage, and hard work and that of the state police forces,” said Singh.

"I congratulate you on the kind of work you have done in the LWE theatre of the country," he said.

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The Home Minister further said that the districts affected by LWE violence have been reduced to around 10-12 from the earlier 126 and that this year itself, the forces have killed 131 LWEs, apprehending 1,278 others and resulting in 58 surrenders.

Singh spoke on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), which is a part of the Central Reserve Police Force, the country's largest paramilitary force with over 3 lakh personnel.

The RAF was first raised and made operational in 1992 and has a total of 10 battalions, which are based in various parts of the country so as to cut down response time and counter incidents of trouble. The 10 current RAF battalions are based in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Aligarh, Coimbatore, Jamshedpur, Bhopal and Meerut.

An RAF battalion typically has a strength of around 1,000 personnel and is equipped with gadgets and non-lethal weapons like pump action guns, tear smoke grenade launchers and others to enforce security and law and order in case of protests or riot-like situations.

Last year in May, Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for the choking of financial resources of the left-wing extremist groups and said it was the fundamental instrument to counter the Maoist violence. Rajnath also called for a more proactive approach to deal with left-wing extremism.