Gurgaon, Nov 13: Union Home Minister on Thursday appealed the Left Wing Extremists (LWE), operating in certain parts of India, to lay down arms and join the mainstream.
Addressing the CRPF Diamond Jubilee Parade in Gurgaon, Rajnath Singh said that in a democracy like India, there was no place for violence and the Naxals should join the mainstream.
Delivering a rousing and inspiring address to the CRPF men, he said the government is sensitive to the needs of paramilitary forces. Calling the CRPF a veteran organisation which upholds India`s democracy, Rajnath Singh said the supreme sacrifice made by CRPF jawans should never be forgotten and the government recognises the sacrifices made by the forces.
The Union Home Minister said the CRPF has lost many lives in fighting `proxy war` launched against the country, adding that the CRPF is deployed in many critical areas.
The CRPF works in very hostile conditions but it always completes its assigned task, he said, adding that 38 percent of the CRPF is deployed in hazardous LWE theatre and around 80 percent of the force works in high risk zone.
He recalled his visit to Saranda jungle in Jharkhand and mentioned that the CRPF deserves credit for its ability to work in adverse conditions.
On the occasion, he also inspected the `Guard of Honour` and took the salute at the parade, led by the CRPF women contingent.
Earlier on arrival at the CRPF Group Centre, the Home Minister also paid tributes at the martyrs memorial and saluted in memory of the supreme sacrifices made by the brave CRPF personnel.