Raipur | February 13, 2006 3:40:07 PM IST
Chhattisgarh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Krishna Mohan Seth today hailed the ’’courage and determination’’ of tribals for continuing their movement against naxalites despite violence and terror unleashed by the Communist Party of India (Maoists) in Bastar region of the state.
In his address to the state assembly on the opening day of the budget session here, he said the local people, on their own, had launched ’’ Salwa Judum’’, which in local dialect means peace movement, against naxalite violence.
’’Cutting across party lines, the movement is getting support from all political parties’’, he said and expressed the hope that ’Salwa Judum’ would pave the way for ending naxal violence.
Throwing light on the steps taken his government during the last two years for modernisation of police force, the Governor said Rs 55 crore had been spent on police infrastructure and other facilities.
Mr Seth said six battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) seven battalions of Chhattisgarh Special Armed Force (SAF), one battalion each of Nagaland Police and state police have been deployed in the districts facing naxal problem.
He said special arrangements have been made to provide security to those participating in "Salwa Judum" movement and for the rehabilitation of those who had been displaced due to naxalite activities.