Union Home Minister Appeals LWE Rebels to Lay Down Arms and Join the Mainstream
Shri Rajnath Singh takes the Salute at the CRPF Diamond Jubilee Parade
The Union Home Minister today appealed the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) to lay down arms and join the mainstream. Addressing the CRPF Diamond Jubilee Parade in Gurgaon, Shri Rajnath Singh said that Naxals and Maoists, operating in certain parts of India, should abjure violence. He added that in a democracy like India, there was no place for violence and the Naxals should join the mainstream.
Delivering a rousing and inspiring address to the CRPF men, the Union Home Minister said that the government is sensitive to the needs of our paramilitary forces. Calling the CRPF a veteran organisation which upholds India`s democracy, Shri Rajnath Singh said that the supreme sacrifice made by CRPF jawans should never be forgotten and the government recognises the sacrifices made by the forces.
The Union Home Minister said that the CRPF has lost many lives in fighting `proxy war` launched against the country. He noted that the CRPF is deployed in many critical areas. Shri Rajnath Singh said that the CRPF works in very hostile conditions but it always completes its assigned task. He said that 38 percent of the CRPF is deployed in hazardous LWE theatre and around 80 percent of the force works in high risk zone. Shri Rajnath Singh recalled his visit to Saranda jungle in Jharkhand and mentioned that the CRPF deserves credit for its ability to work in adverse conditions.
Terming the CRPF as `Loktantra Ke Prahri`, Shri Rajnath Singh said that the CRPF not only plays an active role in facing the challenges of internal security but also provides security cover during General Elections. He congratulated the CRPF on completing 75 years of its foundation. Shri Rajnath Singh said that the CRPF has passed many `Agneepareekha` and he was proud to say that it has succeeded in all these tests. The CRPF is one of the largest paramilitary forces in the world, he remarked.
On the occasion, the Union Home Minister inspected the `Guard of Honour` and took the salute at the parade, led by the CRPF women contingent. Later, Shri Rajnath Singh checked out the weapons and gadgets used by the CRPF. Earlier on arrival at the CRPF Group Centre, the Union Home Minister paid tributes at the martyrs memorial and saluted in memory of the supreme sacrifices made by the brave CRPF personnel.
( Source: PIB )