Union Minister for Corporate Affairs Sachin Pilot said on Thursday that Naxalites should be dealt with an “iron fist” and nobody should mistake the strength of the Indian state.

Describing the recent killings of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh as “cold blooded” murder done with military precision, he said “Let nobody mistake the strength of the Indian state. You cannot talk on gunpoint. We cannot allow Maoists massacring people.” “They (Naxals) need to be dealt with an iron fist and the government’s two-pronged strategy of development and operations going hand in hand will surely bring results,” he said. — PTI