Raipur: Under fire for security lapses that led to the deadly Maoist attack on Congress leaders in Bastar, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday said naxals felt threatened by the increasing political activities in the region following which they executed the "cowardly act".

"Several political parties were conducting their activities in interior areas. Naxals took it as a challenge and carried out the cowardly act...But political activities will continue in the region," Singh said after the all-party meet at the Mantralaya in Naya Raipur.

He also assured that security will be beefed up to ensure a safe and peaceful election. In wake of the May 25 attack, the CM had called an all-party meet which was attended by members of NCP, CPI, CPI(M) and BSP. However, Congress boycotted it.

"We got key suggestions from different parties. We are working on a comprehensive plan to deal with Naxalism. Work is on ...both on a short term and long term basis," the Chief Minister said.

"A judicial probe has already been ordered and those who will be found responsible for the incident will not be spared, irrespective of their position,” he said.

Also, Naxal leaders, who are involved in the attack will be identified, caught and punished, he added.

"Bastar has become the centre of Maoist activities and they will be defeated and wiped out from here," Singh said.

(Agencies)

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