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CPI (Maoist) rejects the government’s proposal to lay down arms

Posted by Admin on October 9, 2009

‘Struggle to continue’

Statesman News Service

KOLKATA, 8 OCT: With Union home minister Mr P Chidambaram having taken a tough stand indicating that security forces would engage Maoists as long as they believed in armed liberation struggle, Maoist leader Kishenji today said there was no question of giving up arms.

Defending their armed struggle, Kishenji said over phone from an undisclosed location “there will be arms in the hands of the people’s liberation army as long as the state uses arms to throttle the voice of the people.”

On Mr Chidambaram’s contention that Maoists must abjure violence and adopt the path of democracy and dialogue, Kishenji said: “the politburo of the CPI (Maoist) rejects the government’s proposal to lay down arms and sit for talks.”

He said if the state stops killing its own people only then they will lay down arms. Claiming that over one lakh Central reserve force personnel have been deployed in Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh against the Maoists, he said “this cannot be conducive ground for talks.”

“We know that the IAF and the ground forces will come down heavily in Chhattishgarh. We are ready,”he warned in response to Mr Chidambaram’s statement that the IAF would take adequate counter-measures to protect its helicopters and pilots from Maoist attacks.

Kishenji, on the other hand, said Maoists would cooperate with the government to form a ‘people’s committee’ for development. “If the government wants to do something which will benefit the people, we are ready to co-operate by forming a people’s committee.”

On the arrest of human rights activists Prasun Chatterjee and Raja Sarkhel, he said that they might have sympathy for Maoists, but were not members of the outfit. On the arrest of editor of People’s March, he claimed it was not a Maoist mouthpiece. “The government is trying to muzzle the freedom of the press. In a democratic country people have the right to express their political opinion. The government is trying to throttle the voice of the people,” he said

The top Maoist leader also admitted the death today of one of their comrades, the first victim, according to him, in the operation to flush out Maoists by the joint forces in Lalgarh. He said: “Marang ~ one of our trusted commander of People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLG) has been killed by CPI-M goons and the joint forces this afternoon”.

Marang was beaten to death near Goaltore in Lalgarh area by the joint forces personnel from Amsole camp along with CPI-M goons, Kishenji claimed adding that Marang, a resident of Chotopelia, was once a top leader of PSBPC and later joined the Maoist squad.

Mr Manoj Verma, superintendent of police, Midnapore West, said that one person has died in an encounter with the joint forces at Goaltore in Lalgrah area, but he is yet to be identified.

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