Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar calls Naxals ‘revolutionaries fighting for their rights’

Babbar's statement comes days after two security personnel and a Doordarshan cameraman were killed in a brutal Naxal attack in Dantewada.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee Chief and Rajya Sabha member Raj Babbar, while commenting on the Naxal activity in poll-bound Chhattisgarh compared Naxals with revolutionaries saying that “revolution” undertaken by them should be resolved through conversation.

“I only want to say that the people whose rights have been taken away, who are in misery, who are not being given their right worth, are laying their lives to get back their rights. However, usage of guns by either of the parties will not lead to any solution. A solution will only come out by addressing their problems and having a conversation with them,” said Babbar sympathising with Naxals.

Babbar’s statement comes days after two security personnel and a Doordarshan cameraman were killed in a brutal Naxal attack in Dantewada. The actor-turned-politician said that the government should address their questions as they are fighting for their rights. “Naxal movement was started for the rights. For these rights, we need to sit with people. Some people have lost their way and we need to bring them back on the right path,” Babbar said. “Decisions are not made with guns. We need to address their questions. With fear, sycophancy, greed, the people of a revolution cannot be stopped. This is my view and I have also shared it with my party,” he added.

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Maoist violence has claimed as many as 12,000 lives over the last two decades. The data analysis by South Asian Terrorism Portal (SATP) indicates that more than 1900 (pecisely 1984) security forces – including CRPF security personnel – died in the country due to Left-wing extremism since 2005, out of which most of fatalities have been recorded from in Bastar, Bijapur, Sukma and Dantewada districts.

Babbar refuted BJP’s allegation that Congress backs Naxals saying, “The Congress party had lost its state leadership (in a Naxal attack in May 2013). BJP keeps on accusing the Congress of directly or indirectly backing Naxals which reflects BJPs mental sickness. How can the Congress party which lost its senior (state) leadership in a Naxal attack take their side,”

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