Saturday, July 25, 2009

Top Maoist warns CPM in open letter to CM

KOLKATA, 25 JULY: In a recent open letter to chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee top Maoist leader Mr Koteswar Rao alias Kishanji has threatened that none can “save” the state's ruling party in Junglemahal ''even if the Centre sends its entire armed force to Lalgarh.'’

He said their battle against the CPI-M will continue till the state government tenders “unconditional apology” for the excesses committed by its armed force on the people of Junglemahal "on the plea of wiping out Maoists” and withdraws joint forces. Kishanji, originally a resident of Andhra Pradesh, is wanted in Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh for waging a war against the state. He is said to be the mastermind behind recent killings of CPI-M leaders in Lalgarh. His letter stated that there was no “let off” in the war against oppression. No one can save the “social fascist CPI-M" in Junglemahal even if the Centre mobilises its entire armed force in Lalgarh, Kishanji threatened. The only way to resolve the Lalgarh crisis is to withdraw force and stop torture on the tribal people, the letter, the first of its kind after the CPI (Maoist) was banned by the Centre, stated.

To avoid further bloodshed, the Maoist leader advised Mr Bhattacharjee to hold talks with the people of Lalgarh and give them proper irrigation facilities within a year. He also urged the chief minister to abandon the Nayachar project in the interest of fishermen of the area. The Maoist leader also urged Mr Bhattacharjee to return land to unwilling farmers of Singur and stop setting up of SEZ in the state.

To counter the charges of unleashing terror on common people, Kishanji urged the CM to send a delegation of human rights activists, state officials and persons who have faith in Maoism. Let them visit Lalgarh and enquire about those who are committing terror, Kishanji stated in the five-page letter claiming that many people have fled their villages owing to police torture.

Denying charges, the Maoist leader claimed that it was not the cadres of his party but the common people of Junglemahal who themselves had destroyed the houses of CPI-M leaders at Lalgarh. The home secretary, however, denied having received any letter from Kishanji. sns

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