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WATCHING A HOCKEY GAME WITH SURRENDERED TERRORISTS

About thirty naxals who belonged to the banned outfit Communist Party of India (Maoists) watched a world cup hockey match sitting beside the Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik. This is a one-off method adopted by the state government to help the surrendered naxals reunite with society.

The Superintendent of police from Malkangiri made the necessary arrangements at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. The group of naxalites were shocked to see the Chief Minister at the venue, they interacted with the CM and thanked him, the CM Mr. Patnaik made a great gesture by sharing the seats with them.

The State and the National governments are trying to persuade members of these outfits to join the larger community by giving up their weapons, plenty of employment and rehabilitation opportunities are provided to these folk.




Any naxalite who surrenders is provided with a rehabilitation compensation and also with a monthly stipend, and government jobs.

India has anywhere between 10,000 to 25,000 CPI (M), the government since 2009 has intensified operations to eliminate them. Close to 1,00,000 paramilitary forces are in these naxal affected areas, it’s like an undeclared civil war. The naxals sympathise with the idea of extreme communalism. India’s former Prime Minister Dr. Singh called the Naxals the biggest internal security threat.

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