Monday, July 20, 2009

Maoists own up responsibility for cop's murder

Rourkela, July 20 (PTI) The CPI (Maoist) has owned up responsibility for the killing of an abducted police officer in Sundergarh district of Orissa, arguing they were forced to commit the act to protest the Centre's decision to ban the organisation.

In a message to the branch office of an Oriya daily here last night, the Chhotanagpur 'zonal commander' of the Maoists, Samarjee, owned up responsibility for the killing of sub-inspector Ajit Bardhan after abducting him from Champajharan in the district on July 16.

Arguing that they were compelled to commit the act to protest the Centre's decision to proscribe the outfit, the front ranking Maoist leader alleged that draconian rules were being used against their cadre in states like Andhra Pradesh.

The Union government had declared the Maoists as a 'terrorist organisation' under pressures from the US, he alleged.

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