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Calls upon State Government to resume dialogue with naxalites

Jana's statement on seeking Army help to tackle naxals criticisedReport expresses concern at the rise in fatal road accidents

HYDERABAD: The fourth report of Andhra Pradesh unit of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has painted a gloomy picture of the human and civil rights situation in the State, saying it has nose-dived and the citizens are at the receiving end.

The report, released by PUCL president Keshav Rao Jadhav and general secretary Jaya Vindhayala on Saturday, focussed on the continuing confrontation between the Maoists and the Government, the security scenario, increasing road accidents and "alarming" rise in atrocities against women.

Maoist attack flayed

The leaders criticised the Maoist attack on a passenger train killing four RPF personnel and the raid on Genco's hydroelectric project at Sileru. Condemning the incident and claiming that the bid to blow up the project would have resulted in a large number of tribal deaths, they wondered whether the party's central committee had approved such an extreme step. The PUCL flayed Home Minister K. Jana Reddy's reported statement that the Government would take the Army's help to tackle the naxal problem.

The leaders demanded resumption of peace talks with the Maoists and de-escalation of violence in the State.

Women's plight

The report expressed concern at the fatal road accidents and demanded steps by the administration to contain them and provision of information on conviction of criminals. It noted that Hyderabad was becoming fertile ground for terrorist activities. Referring to the plight of women, the leaders said more than 40 per cent of sex workers in the country hailed from Andhra Pradesh. Women ran the risk of getting kidnapped, molested or killed by anti-social elements.