Friday, September 02, 2005

Naxal sympathisers up the ante

Friday September 2 2005 11:31 IST
BHUBANESHWAR: The Naxal sympathisers were far outnumbered by the cops but the heavy security arrangement at the meeting venue did not seem to cow them down.

The Andhra Pradesh Government may have turned the heat on the radicals, but pro-Naxals here went public with their demands at a rally here on Thursday.

The second such public meeting - the first one was almost a year back at the same venue - slammed the State Government claiming it oppressive.

“The State Government’s commitment to withdraw 11,424 Forest cases, 2,531 criminal cases and 34 Naxal cases against tribals has remained promises only. On the contrary, it has revoked criminal cases against 56 MLAs and ministers,” they alleged.

“This year alone, 300 persons from western and southern districts have been arrested under false charges.” In Jujumara, a 15-year-old boy and a 65-year-old woman have been arrested and are languishing in jail along with 100 other innocent tribals, they added.

The sympathisers alleged that security forces raped a woman in Ramnaguda. They demanded immediate withdrawal of CRPF and India Reserve Battalion (IRB) from tribal areas along with abandoning the proposal to set up another IRB.

Convener of Daman Pratirodh Manch, which spearheaded the rally, Dandapani Mohanty said the Government had tried to prevent the tribals from participating in the meeting by detaining them at railway stations.

But such tactics would trigger more resentment and fuel the ‘revolutionary movement’, he stated.

Submitting a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the sympathisers demanded enactment of an AP like law for total prohibition of land transfer of tribals.

They also demanded release of all the four convicts in Mandrabaju firing cases.

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