Why are human rights activists silent on Naxal attack: Venkaiah Naidu slams ‘double standards’

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Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu accused human rights activists of adopting "double standards" for being silent over the deadly Naxal attack but raising a hue and cry when extremists are killed by security forces. 

"These (human rights) activists raise voice and react violently if an extremist or a terrorist is killed by the police but take shelter in silence when large number of jawans and innocent people get killed by those who operate underground," Information and Broadcasting Minister Naidu said in a statement.

He said the dastardly killing of 25 CRPF jawans who were clearing roads for development works in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh yesterday, has shocked the nation and is highly deplorable. His comments also assume significance in the backdrop of security forces coming under intense pressure in Kashmir as they are faced with almost daily protests and stone-pelting by the locals.

"While the nation was shocked by this killing and violence, the so-called sympathisers and proponents of human rights have maintained baffling silence since yesterday (when CRPF men were killed)," Naidu said. Why are human rights activists silent when such inhuman acts are mindlessly committed by outlawed elements?, Naidu asked.

He said such motivated acts of violence are being resorted to with tacit support from the so-called human rights advocates in desperation to derail the development works of the Central and the state governments. The minister called for an urgent need to build strong public opinion against such attacks and the so-called rights activists who adopt "double standards".

He said the families of jawans who were killed and injured while in uniform would get the highest consideration from the Central and state governments. "Both the governments would work with renewed commitment to bring such dastardly acts of violence to an end," the minister said.

Naxalism was born and grew under the Congress regime, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu also , questioning the opposition party's policy towards the Left-wing rebels. He said it was the lack of policy of the Congress to deal with Naxalism that led a number of lives being lost during its rule. "What is the policy of the Congress party? Naxalism was born, grown during Congress regime (sic)," the information and broadcasting minister said.

The minister's comments came after Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi claimed that intelligence failure and the lack of coordination between the Centre and the state were the main reasons for the Naxal attack in which 25 CRPF personnel were killed in Sukma in Chhattisgarh yesterday.

Naidu said the Congress should explain whether it was sympathising with the Naxalites. "Are they condemning it (the attack) or they want to condemn the government?" he asked. The minister said everyone should come together and condemn the Maoist philosophy. "They say political power comes through the barrel of the gun. But it is not. Ballot is more powerful than bullet," he said.

Naidu said over 700 people were killed in Naxal attacks between 2004 and 2014 when the Congress was in power at the Centre. (DNA)
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