The West Bengal government and the police were out to malign arrested tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato in a bid to take away people's support for his movement in Lalgarh, top Maoist leader Kishenji claimed today.

“The government, by maligning Chhatradhar, who was spearheading agitations against alleged police excesses in Lalgarh, is trying to destroy a people's movement,” he said.

He contested the police's claim of Mahato owning huge property, bank accounts and an insurance policy of Rs one crore, saying, “if it is true let them seize the property and disclose the relevant documents to the press.” Speaking from an undisclosed location, Kishenji said, “Let Home Secretaries Ashok Mohan Chakraborti and Ardhendu Sen and DG Vupinder Singh declare the property owned by Mahato.”

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