New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the menace of naxals would be wiped out from the country in about 3-years of time.
“The day is not far, may be in a time period of 1, 2 or 3 years, that the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) (referred to as naxals) will be eliminated from the country and this would happen due to your (CRPF) determination, courage and hard work and that of the state police forces,” he said in his address to troops of Rapid Action Force (RAF) on the occasion of their 26th anniversary celebrations.
He informed that districts affected by Naxal violence have come down to about 10-12 as compared to 126 some time back.
The minister also said the force has killed 131 Maoists and militants this year. Additionally, it has apprehended 1,278 of them and has effected 58 surrenders during the same time.
Jammu and Kashmir is ours
The Home Minister said Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India and no power in the world can snatch it. “Kashmir is ours, it was ours and it will be ours. No power of the world can snatch it from us,” he said.
He asked the troops to exercise restraint when dealing with people during riots and protests.
However, if some choose to indulge in acts of terrorism, they must not be spared, he said referring to Kashmiri youths joining militant outfits.
“If any person indulges in any terrorist activity, no power in the world can stop you (CRPF) from neutralizing that person,” he said.
About RAF battalion
Rapid Action Force (RAF) is the specialized wing of CRPF that deals with riots, major law and order issues as well as relief and rescue operations. An RAF battalion has a strength of just over 1,000 personnel and it is equipped with gadgets and non-lethal weapons like pump action guns, tear smoke grenade launchers and others to enforce security and law and order.
It was raised and made fully operational in October 1992.
It has ten battalions (of about 10,000) based in various parts of the country in order to cut down response time to counter an incident.
The ten existing RAF battalions are based in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Aligarh, Coimbatore, Jamshedpur, Bhopal and Meerut. Five of its new bases are in Jaipur, Varanasi, Mangalore, Hajipur(Bihar) and Nuh (Haryana).
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