Sunday, December 23, 2007

ASP rebuts Maoists' charge on encounter killing

Sunday December 23 2007 13:16 IST

Express News Service

VISAKHAPATNAM: Refuting the charges made by Maoist leaders, human rights and social organisations as 'baseless', Narsipatnam Additional Superintendent of Police Kanthi Rana Tata on Saturday affirmed that three persons who died in the Kannavaram encounter were extremists.

He said the Maoists had admitted that they declared the bandh on Dec 28.

In a statement here on Saturday, Kanthi Rana Tata said the Maoists and various other outfits alleged that the deceased were tribals and not Maoists.

But later, the Maoist East Division Secretary Jagadish admitted that the bandh was called by them and this proved that the deceased were extremists, he observed.

Contradictory statements made by the Maoists showed that they were lying, he pointed out.

Tata asked the Maoists to realise their mistakes and apologise for their brutal killing of the tribals and leave the state.

The ASP said the Maoists were trying to blame the government for the backwardness of tribal areas, but they themselves were obstructing the development of the region.

The Maoists were threatening to kill the tribals if they cooperated with the police or the government and also created havoc by killing innocent people using landmines and weapons, he said

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