Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Shadow Minister, Foreign Affairs; Cotswold, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on protests by Maoist rebels against the Indian Government in the districts of Bihar, Purlieu, Jharkhand and West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra; and what assessment he has made of the scale of those protests and numbers of fatalities.
Kim Howells (Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Pontypridd, Labour)
Our high commission in New Delhi and the deputy high commission in Kolkata regularly monitor the situation in respect of the Maoist (Naxal) protests in India.
We are concerned about continuing reports in the media of violence and fatalities, but this remains an internal matter for the Indian Government. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described Naxalism as the 'single biggest' threat to the country's internal security.