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Minister backs 'salwa judum' in Chhattisgarh

Minister backs 'salwa judum' in Chhattisgarh

Author: PTI
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: July 17, 2006

Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal on Sunday came out strongly in support of 'salwa judum', an anti-Naxal campaign in Chhattisgarh, which was drawing flak from political parties of late following increasing incidents of killing of ordinary citizens.

It was a good campaign and all people, including media, political parties and Chhattisgarh government should extend their support to the movement, Jaiswal told reporters here.

"Salwa judum is being spread by the local tribals of Chhattisgarh and that will end the Naxalite menace in the state," the minister said.

Salwa judum has become a hot topic for debate in and outside the state as over 300 supporters of the movement were killed by the Maoists since the introduction of the campaign in June last year.

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