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Government to review its LWE policy

Even as the government on Tuesday announced that it would `review’ and `revise’ its Left Wing Extremism (LWE) policy in the wake of the killing of 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in Chhattisgarh, the National Human Rights Commission also condemned the attack saying that the a loss of life of any innocent person, whether in force or a civilian, was a matter of violation of human rights. 

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who announced that a high level meeting would be convened in New Delhi on May 8 to review and revise—if need be—the government’s policy on LWE. Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of 10 States and District Magistrates from all Naxal-affected districts have also be invited for this crucial meeting. Mr Singh made this announcement at Raipur this morning after paying homage to 26 CRPF jawans who were killed in a Naxal ambush in Sukma. 

The National Human Rights Commission, in a statement issued here, said it stands for upholding human rights of all in the country and is consistent in its firm belief that the acts of violence are an anti-thesis to the struggle for protection of human rights, a statement issued by the NHRC said. As part of a civilized nation, every citizen should stand up in condemning all such incidents that lead to death and destruction in place of development, peace, progress and prosperity. As part of a civil society, if we can question and make the security forces accountable for failing in their duties, we are also accountable for our duties towards nation building, the statement added. 

The human rights panel has described the attacks on the security men as a cause of worry and said there was a need for self-introspection on part of all the stakeholders in the interest of the country.  

It is expected that the State will take note of the sacrifices made by the personnel of CRPF in maintaining the rule of law and creating an environment of peace and security in the country, and the aggrieved families would be suitably compensated, the panel has said. 

Meanwhile, the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister N. Venkaiah Naidu has questioned the silence of the human rights activists over the CRPF killings and accused them of tacitly supporting the naxals.

In a statement, Mr Naidu said while the nation was shocked by the killing and violence, the so-called sympathizers and proponents of human rights had maintained baffling silence. These activists raise voice and react violently if an extremist or a terrorist is killed by police but take shelter in silence when large number of jawans and innocent people get killed by those who operate underground, kill and run. 

“Are Human Rights only meant for those who chose violence in furtherance of their outdated ideologies and not for security personnel and common people? “Why are the Human Right activists silent when such inhuman acts are mindlessly committed by outlawed elements,” the Minister sought to know.  
“I am constrained to infer that such motivated acts of violence are being resorted to with tacit support from the so called human rights advocates in desperation to derail the positive narrative emerging from the ongoing efforts by the Central and State governments to ensure that fruits of development reach the last of the poor there by enabling rapid economic development,”he said. 
There is an urgent need to build strong public opinion against such violent acts by outlawed elements and the so called human rights activists who have double standards and do not uphold similar rights of security personnel, their families and the innocent people who fall victim to such anti-national activities, the Minister added. 

By TIS Staffer
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