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Naxal attacks: CPI (M) observes ‘protest day’

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UP IN ARMS: Activists of the CPI (M) demonstrating in Bhubaneswar on Monday.
UP IN ARMS: Activists of the CPI (M) demonstrating in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

Staff Reporter

Party leaders vow to fight against Maoists

BHUBANESWAR: The Communist Party India (Marxist) here on Monday reacted sharply to the Orissa government’s alleged failure to prevent attacks by naxalites on its party cadre in the State.

The party observed statewide ‘protest day’ against growing naxal attacks and incapability of the State government to rein in ‘militant groups’ in districts such as Malakanagiri, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Rayagada and Gajapati.

Addressing party workers, CPI (M) State secretary Janardan Pati said the cadre of the CPI (Maoist) were like contract killers who had been targeting innocent tribal people at the behest of rich and powerful persons.

“They are mercenaries whose sole aim is to kill common people and damage public property. Cadres of the CPI (Maoist) have stooped to such a low that they have not spared even schools and hospitals,” Mr. Pati pointed out.

Children mostly of tribal people could not continue their education under constant fear of Maoists attack, the CPI (M) secretary said.

Government blamed

Mr. Pati said the State government did not act on their protection plea on January 27 and as a result one of their leaders, Thomas Munda, had to lose his life in Sundargarh. “The ruling party seemed to have developed soft corner for Maoists. Naxalism could not have grown to this position unless ruling party has tactic support to them,” he said. CPI (M) workers vowed to fight against violent politics being pursued by the CPI (Maoist) in all corners of the State. “We will expose them before people. Murder, violence and unruliness might create fear and panic. But these are temporary. It will not solve the problem. The violent movements in Punjab and Assam were examples as they did not succeed,” a CPI (M) leader said.

“We have vowed to fight naxalites politically. We will not be bowed down by intimidating actions,” said Mr. Pati.

Demo at DGP office

CUTTACK: Protesting against deteriorating law and order situation in Maoist-influenced parts of the State, the Cuttack unit of the CPI (M) staged a demonstration in front of the DGP’s office here on Monday.

“The Maoists are targeting the CPI (M) and CITU activists in most barbaric manner in the Banei area of Sundargarh district. Despite a series of killings in Talibanism fashion, the State government, particularly police administration has failed to give protection to innocent citizens,” alleged the city chief of the party Subash Singh.

The CPI(M) also handed over a memorandum addressed to the DGP to the IG, Law and order Arun Sarangi, in which the party demanded deployment of at least three battalions of Central forces in Banei to protect the CPI (M) and CITU activists and to the people of the area.

Among others, the party also demanded opening of Kalta police outpost of the district by providing additional forces.

The district police administration closed the outpost fearing backlash from Maoists. Also demanding arrest of the perpetrators of the violence, the Left party suggested sealing the Orissa-Jharkhand border.

“We also demand that the State government pay compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs each to the kin of CITU slain leader Ravi Oram and others,” said Mr. Singh.


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