Saturday, August 23, 2008

We'll capture some towns, warn Naxals

10 Aug 2008, 0146 hrs IST, Sunil Mohan Patnaik,TNN

PARALAKHEMUNDI (ORISSA): Maoists have threatened to come out of their forest hideouts and 'capture' towns in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

In a message posted to mediapersons in Orissa's Gajapati district, a rebel leader claimed that the Centre and state governments' "efforts to suppress Maoists will go in vain". The two-page message in Telugu was signed by Bhaskar, chief of the Maoists' Andhra-Orissa border special zonal committee.

The message said, "We will capture some towns in the four states, including Orissa, within a few years. The Peoples' Liberation Guerrilla Action will be strengthened and the bandh called to mark Martyr's Week will be withdrawn henceforth."

He said, "Maoist upsurge in Nayagarh, Balimela and Kalimela areas bear testimony to our mindset and they have proved that the Naveen Patnaik government cannot suppress us."

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