ANDHRA PRADESH

APCLC condemns cases against Maoist emissaries

ANANTAPUR, MARCH 24. The Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) has condemned the State Government action in registering criminal cases against the Maoist emissaries for peace talks -- P. Varavara Rao, Kalyan Rao and Gaddar -- and demanded withdrawal of the `false' cases.

Talking to newspersons here on Thursday the State general secretary of the organisation, S. Seshaiah, and the district vice president, R. Harinatha Reddy, sought to know how far the Government action was justified when Maoist dalams were responsible for the attack on the Chilakaluripeta police station and the killing of police constable, B. Prakash.

Booking of cases against the emissaries exposed the Government's attitude towards the peace process, they observed. By foisting cases against them the Government had ratified the actions of the police, they said.

`Suppressing rights'

The APCLC leaders viewed the act as an attempt to suppress democratic rights. They appealed to the police to stop fake encounters and the Maoists to stop killing innocent persons and burning buses. They also urged both sides to help create a congenial atmosphere for the revival of talks.

Quoting the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's repeated statements that his Government would trample factionalism, Prof. Seshaiah sought to know how he could justify taking along G. Bhanumati during the recent Rajiv Nagarbaata visit. By doing so the Chief Minister had indirectly dissuaded the police attempts to arrest her as a conspirator in the Paritala Ravindra murder case.

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