Peace not on govt terms: Moaist leader Kishanji
Posted by Admin on October 21, 2009
KOLKATA: Sensing that the Sankrail killings could trigger adverse public reaction, Maoist leader Kishanji claimed that the action squad did not intend to kill anyone. "They could have killed all the policemen on duty, but they didn’t. They targeted only two officers who reached for their service revolvers even after the squad told them that they were Maoists," Kishanji said.
Asked whether they were at all interested in restoring peace in the area, as writer Mahasweta Devi has appealed, Kishanji said: "We are keen to restore peace, but not on the government’s terms. I got in touch with Left Front partners Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI and appealed to them to put pressure on the government not to invoke UAPA. They did not respond. I appealed to Trinamool Congress. They, too, remained silent. Governments and mainstream parties do not pay heed to the Adivasis’ demands, the security forces will remain in the area and you expect us to lay down arms and sit for talks?" said Kishanji.
Chief secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarti would not be deterred by the Maoist threat. The crackdown will intensify, he said, adding that he would visit Lalgarh on the scheduled date. "We will not allow the Maoists to continue with their attacks on innocent people and political activists. We will take firm action against them," the chief secretary said. TOI