Amit Shah Commands CRPF to Pursue Naxals and their Supporters

Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday visited the CRPF central command on Friday and told the big shots that “action needs to be taken against Urban Naxals and their facilitators.”.

Crux of the Matter
  • Mr. Shah was given a point by point introduction by Director General R.R Bhatnagar on the different aspects of CRPF.
  • He has asked the force to carry out an effective campaign against Naxalism.
  • “The Home Minister directed the CRPF to carry out an effective and decisive campaign against Left Wing Extremism in the next six months. Action needs to be taken against the Urban Naxals and their facilitators,” the CRPF said.

Naxals are members of any political organisation that claims the legacy of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), founded in Calcutta in 1969. The Communist Party of India (Maoist) is the largest existing political group in that lineage today in India. The term Naxal derives from the name of the village Naxalbari in West Bengal, where the Naxalite peasant revolt took place in 1967. Naxalites are considered far-left radical communists, supportive of Mao Zedong’s political ideology. Their origin can be traced to the split in 1967 of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) following the Naxalbari peasant uprising, leading to the formation of the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) two years later. Initially, the movement had its epicentre in West Bengal. In later years, it spread to less developed areas of rural southern and eastern India, such as Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Naxalite–Maoist insurgency is an ongoing conflict between Maoist groups known as Naxalites or Naxals, and the Indian government. More than 13,000 people have been killed since the start of the insurgency in 1980, most of them in the period since 1996. To enforce their control over the population, the Maoists have convened kangaroo courts to mete out summary justice, normally death. beatings, or exile. Read More