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Maoist attack

The latest Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, which claimed the lives of 27 CRPF personnel, is shocking. I do not understand why our government has become a mute spectator to such recurring violence, which throws an open challenge to the state's authority. The Maoists strike at will — they kill security personnel and innocent people whenever they want. They enforce bandhs, making one wonder whose writ runs in Naxal-affected States. Government apathy will only bring down the morale of our security forces.

Sukriti Tiwari,

Kanpur

Maoist attacks on security personnel have become routine. And the government responds, doling out compensation to the victims' families. It is clear that the CRPF personnel trying to beard the lion in its den are sitting ducks for the rebels. As the saying goes, it is good to make haste slowly. It will be self-defeating on the part of the personnel to get slaughtered in huge numbers and to enrich the Maoists with arms.

Matthew Adukanil,

Dharmapuri

One can hardly agree with the ways of the Maoists, who have been repeatedly committing barbaric acts to draw attention to their so-called issues. Rights activists who sympathise with them should be penalised. Had the Maoists considered the security personnel their own people they would not have resorted to the massacre. It is a pity that a country, which boasts a well-trained army, has not been able to deal with the home-grown terrorists firmly.

Robin T. Varghese,

Kottayam

Just as a leopard cannot change its spots or a tiger its stripes, the Maoists cannot eschew violence. Tuesday's massacre of 27 CRPF personnel points to the futility of the government engaging in talks with an outfit whose scant respect for the law and human lives is well known. It is time the government displayed its resoluteness and political will to crush the Maoist menace by calling in the Army and the Air Force.

B. Suresh Kumar,

Coimbatore

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