Macabre drama of death will end: PM Narendra Modi on Maoist violence

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:11 GMT, May 9, 2015 |

The first Prime Minister to visit Dantewada  in three decades, Narendra Modi today asked Naxals to abjure gun and allow peace so that the macabre drama of death will end to pave the way for development.

On his short visit, Modi initiated welfare schemes worth Rs 24,000 crore for the Maoist hotbed of Bastar region which include setting up Ultra Mega Steel Plant, a railway line, slurry pipeline and pellet plant.

“Only plough on the shoulders and not guns can bring development. And this will bring everyone to the mainstream of the country. There is no future for violence. The future is only of peaceful means. The birth place of Naxal movement Naxalbari has already given up this violent means. Don’t get disheartened. The macabre drama of death will end,” he said.

Dantewada in tribal Bastar region is rich in mineral resources especially iron ore. The area has witnessed a string of Naxal attacks in the past, with the worst being the 2010 assault that left 76 security personnel dead.

The Prime Minister asked the ultras to shun the gun for a few days and visit the families affected by their violence. “This experiment will force you to change your heart and make you shun your violent means,” he said.

Over 400 people were taken hostage by Maoists ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada. The incident took place near Jiram valley – around 60 km from the site where the Prime Minister addressed a public meeting.