Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Maoist bandh call official confirmation of solidarity with LTTE

Vivek Deshpande
Posted online: Tuesday , Jun 16, 2009 at 0256 hrs

Nagpur : It is now official. Maoists have expressed solidarity with the LTTE and have condemned the killing of its chief Prabhakaran and had even stated his killing by Sri Lankan security forces as one of the reasons for the call of the all-India bandh on June 12-13.
Sources revealed that the Maoists have not only condemned Prabhakaran’s killing but had also tagged it alongside the killing of CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Sudhakar Reddy in Warangal last month as the reason for the above-mentioned bandh. Reddy, who was allegedly behind the 2003 bid on former Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu’s life, was shot by the Warangal police in May.

The bandh had turned violent in many parts of the country with 13 policemen killed in a Naxal strike in Jharkhand.

“They had mentioned in the bandh literature seized in Andhra Pradesh that the bandh has been called to protest the killing of Prabhakaran too, along with that of Sudhakar Reddy. Both have been termed as revolutionaries by them, alleging that the police have been carrying out fake encounters against revolutionaries,” a senior police officer said.

“Maybe, they are also expecting some kind of Prabhakaran-like action against them by security forces and hence the special mention of Prabhakaran,” he added.

“Not only Sri Lanka’s successful anti-LTTE offensive, but the way the Pak Army has gone about decimating the Taliban in Swat is also likely to give a psychological setback to Naxals who may be apprehensive of a similar fate in the days to come, especially with the Centre being under pressure to initiate similar action against Maoists across the country,” said another official.

Maoists are known to have had close contact with the LTTE, particularly regarding arms procurement and training.

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