Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, today admitted that n a rather frank “Urban Naxals” weren’t a big threat to the country and asserted that people were free to follow any ideology or philosophy. “People can believe in whatever ideology or philosophy they want to follow but we will not allow anyone to promote violence,” he said
Speaking at the 16th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, he said that people can believe in whatever ideology or philosophy they want to follow. But, he made it clear that “we will not allow anyone to promote violence.”
His remarks gaining significance at a time Modi government is drawing scathing criticism over the arrests of five left-leaning activists, with alleged Maoist links. Stating that his government is suceeded in weeding out Naxals or Maoists from many districts in the country, he alleged that there are people who fled from there and are trying to incite violence or support violence using Maoism in cities. They are trying to attract people through Maoist ideology, he added.
Singh dismissed allegations that the arrest of five activists by Pune Police in the Bhima Koregaon case in August was an act done without proper investigation or that the arrests were linked to their ideology. “If it was so, the Supreme Court would not have given the police a free hand,” he said.
The apex court had on September 28 allowed investigation officers to continue with their inquiry into the Bhima Koregaon violence earlier this year, and also extended the house arrest of the activists by four weeks.