New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) In view of the growing menace of Left wing extremism, mainly in Chhattisgarh, Administrative Reforms Commission has said the situation “continues to cause serious concern” and favoured a relook in the policy of ‘Salwa Judum’ (self-defence groups) in the state. While Chhattisgarh tops the list of 11 States with maximum incidents and deaths due to naxal activities since 2003, the Commission chaired by Veerappa Moily, in its latest report, said even though there is a need to enhance the capacity of security forces to tackle naxalism, the government needs to formulate policies for infrastructure and social development in such disturbed areas.

Referring to ‘Salwa Judum’, the Commission in its seventh report titled “Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution” said, “the situation in the region has not been helped by raising of local resistance groups called Salwa Judum.” It adds, “even though Salwa Judum is publicised as a spontaneous awakening of the masses against extremist, today thousands of tribals are protected in fortified camps pointing to disturbed life they are forced to lead.

” The report mentioned that these camps have been attacked by extremists leading to several deaths and said, “in the process, the poor tribals have been caught between the legitimate sovereign power of the State and the illegitimate coercive power of the extremist who deliver instant justice through peoples’ courts and other informal devices.” ‘Salwa Judum’, an initiative supported by the State government had come in for criticism previously from various political as well as Human Rights Groups.

PTI.

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