With arrest of seven alleged naxalites, last night in Noida one really can’t help but think, has the menace of naxalism reached the national capital region? While six of them were arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Squad, one was held on Sunday morning. What points in this direction is the fact that there were carrying a huge cache of arms including as many as 125 detonators , six pistols, 50 cartridges.
Their arrest have raised questions on whether they now have expanded more than what was believed earlier. Earlier there used to be reports of them attacking our army convoys, villagers and killing villagers on suspect of them being police informers. Of course, violence created by them over the years is not less then terrorist acts. However, till are not known to denote blasts in the national and state capitals.
Of course, entire credit goes to Uttar Pradesh ATS team before they could have carried out a major attack, time has come for our security forces to realise that they should not be taken lightly anymore. Just like in the terrorism front, the government has its task cut out in this front as well and they now have to seriously consider speaking to naxalites groups just like the Narendra Modi-led Government tried to do by signing a pact with NSCN (IM) leaders last year.
Even as the government has urged naxalite groups to come to the round-table conference for talks their efforts have not come anywhere, as extremists are reluctant to accept the invitations. The Dantewada attack by naxalists in 2010 in which 75 brave CRPF jawans were killed is still fresh in people’s mind.