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New Delhi, February 22, 2010
President Pratibha Patil today said the recent cowardly attacks by left-wing extremists in West Bengal strengthened the Government's resolve to meet with added vigour the challenges posed by such violence.
"Left wing extremists continue to indulge in senseless violence, as in their recent attacks in West Bengal, where a large number of innocent lives have been lost," she said in her address to the joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha at the start of the Budget Session of Parliament here.
"These cowardly acts strengthen our resolve to meet with added vigour the challenge posed by such violence," she said.
Ms Patil was referring to the attack by armed Maoists on a camp of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) in the Shilda area of West Midnapore district in West Bengal on February 15, in which 24 security personnel were killed.
The President said the Government had also given a call to left-wing extremists to abjure violence and come for talks.
"Our plan to strengthen civil administration and bring the fruits of inclusive development to all would continue with determination," she said.
Ms Patil said the overall internal security, law and order, and the communal situation remained largely under control during 2009.
She said infiltration of terrorists from across the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir had gone up.
"Even then, the security situation has improved significantly in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in the North East, but left-wing extremism continues to be a significant cause of concern," she added.