Home Minister Rajnath Singh Says, Government Cannot Allow Anyone To Promote Violence

| October 5 , 2018 , 19:47 IST

Over the arrest of five activists with alleged Maoist links, BJP leader and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday described that Urban Naxals were not a big threat but maintained that the government cannot allow anyone to promote violence.

According to media reports, Rajnath Singh at the 16th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit said, "Our government has been successful in weeding out Naxals or Maoism from many districts in the country. There are people who fled from there and are trying to incite violence or support violence using Maoism in cities. They are trying to attract people through Maoist ideology. People can believe in whatever ideology or philosophy they want to follow but we will not allow anyone to promote violence."

He also said 'Urban Naxal' problem was not a big threat and he did not want to hype the issue. "Government wants to check it in the initial stage."

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The Home Minister dismissed allegations that the arrest of five activists by Pune Police in the Bhima Koregaon case in August was an act done without proper investigation or that the arrests were linked to their ideology.

"If it was so, the Supreme Court would not have given the police a free hand," he said.

The apex court had on September 28 allowed investigation officers to continue with their inquiry into the Bhima Koregaon violence earlier this year, and also extended the house arrest of the activists by four weeks.

Activists Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bharadwaj and Varavara Rao were arrested in August as part of an inquiry into violence during an event in Bhima Koregaon near Pune on January 1.

Rajnath Singh added, "Naxalism has created a lot of trouble and is acting as a big hurdle in the development of the country. It was spread in 126 districts and now has come down to just 50-52 districts and among them the worst hit is just 10 to 12 districts. Though there is 50 per cent reduction in such incidents in the last four years, it would take more time to erase it completely."