Armed conflict no solution,talk to Maoists: Agnivesh

Rights activist Swami Agnivesh has renewed his call for talks with Maoists.

Written by Express News Service | Nagpur | Updated: April 9, 2014 6:15 pm

Rights activist Swami Agnivesh has renewed his call for talks with Maoists.

“Armed conflict is no solution. We have talked to rebels in other parts of the country and ended problems there,” he told the media here on the occasion of the “third anniversary” of the killing of Maoist leader Azad by Andhra Pradesh Police.

“I spoke with PM on May 21 for talks. He said he will respond soon. But I am not getting his appointment,” Agnivesh said.

He called for a judicial probe into the killing of Azad,saying many questions remained unanswered despite Supreme Court upholding a CBI clean chit to Greyhounds elite police of AP.

“My information is Azad and journalist Hemchandra Pande were killed after they reached Nagpur by train at 10 am July 1,2010,and bodies were thrown into jungles of Adilabad.”

Agnivesh said talks proposed by then home minister P Chidambarm did not happen due to suspicious killing. “When I asked Chidambaram how it happened,he said he did not know anything. He refused to order an inquiry.

“Maoist leader Srikant to me I was being used by Chidambaram. It was great deception by government,” he said.

Agnivesh said an inquiry was ordered only after he moved SC.

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