Saturday, April 04, 2009

Maoists warn against temple inauguration

Express News Service First Published : 04 Apr 2009 11:22:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 04 Apr 2009 02:00:50 PM IST

BERHAMPUR: After the poll boycott call in Kandhamal district, the Maoists have gone a step further to terrify the people and pasted posters opposing inauguration of Jagannath temple at Kotgarh under Baliguda police limits. The temple is scheduled to be opened from April 26.

They also listed the names of 11 locals who would be facing the fate of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati. Some locals informed the police who seized the posters.

Meanwhile Sunil, secretary, CPI(ML), Orissa State Organisational Committee in a press release criticised the police administration. In a letter he stated that on March 24 Rita Pal alias Rinki was killed by police at Kerubadi in Daringibadi block.

The release further stated that the Maoists were addressing a public meeting when police opened fire. To save the innocent public, Maoists instead of retaliating returned back into the forest. In the process Rinki was killed and two rifles were seized by police. ‘‘The claims of the police that we used people as a shield is false,’’ Sunil further claimed in the release.

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