It was saddening to learn that Maoists, who claim to fight for people, targeted the Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express killing three and injuring six passengers. Such acts show they are no different from terrorists. Maoists have compromised the basic principles on which their so-called ideology rests. Their ‘war’ is supposed to be against the corrupt and inefficient government, not the common man.

L. Pramod Chaitanya,

Hyderabad

The attacks by Maoists in Bihar and Maharashtra killing six people, including a jawan of the Railway Protection Special Force, are shocking. It is time the government took stern action against the Naxalites. That governments have not been successful in eliminating Maoists, whose hideouts are well known to the local police, is a shame.

M.C. Vijai Shanker,

Chennai

It appears that Maoists do not want the reconciliation route and are bent on killing innocent people and damaging public property to register their protest. The government should not waste any more time in dealing with them firmly.

S. Parthasarathy,

Chennai

One is scared wondering where the next Maoist ambush will be and who will be the sitting target of the Naxalites’ viciousness. That they do not realise they are waging a war against their own country and people is unfortunate. Even a foolish bird will not spoil its own nest.

K.G. Koru Kuttan Nair,

Cherpulasseri

Loss of precious lives in terror attacks has now become part of everyday living. We have become accustomed to such incidents. That we have jawans and policemen who are ready to give their lives to protect our country and people, in spite of the indifference of governments, is a matter of pride. A big salute to them!

Taniya Mathew,

Pathanamthitta

The latest attack comes in less than a month of the attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh. Things have come to such a pass because the Centre and the States have failed to take concrete corrective measures. A soft attitude, support from certain quarters for the Maoists’ ‘cause,’ lack of coordination among the States to fight the Naxalites and the fear of hurting own people are some of the major causes that have led to the strengthening of Maoists.

Col. R.D. Singh (retd.),

Ambala

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