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Mamata raising another Salwa Judum,says Maoist idealogue Rao

Maoist sympathiser Vara Vara Rao on Monday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of retracting from her poll promises and said her party was raising another Salwa Judum.

Maoist sympathiser Vara Vara Rao on Monday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of retracting from her poll promises and said her party was raising another Salwa Judum.

“Riding on her promises of withdrawing joint forces from Junglemahal (Maoist-affected forested areas in western part of the state),and releasing political prisoners she came to power. But it seems she has no intent to fulfill them.

“She is using the same atrocious methods which the (erstwhile) Left Front took to crush the movement. People are being frequently arrested in the name of Maoists. Since her government has come to power,75 people have been arrested for being Maoists. The atrocities by joint forces continue unabated,” said Rao.

Banerjee had formed a committee to study the status of political prisoners languishing in various jails in the state and to determine if they can be released. The committee had recommended release of 52 such prisoners but the government is yet to act.

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Rao equated Banerjee with Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh who had raised the infamous militia Salwa Judum to counter Maoist violence and said the Trinamool Congress was raising an army of goons called the Bhairav Vahini.

“She is following Raman Kumar (Singh) in toto. If they had the Salwa Judum,her party has the Bhairav Vahini. Harmads (goons alleged to be under Left Front patronage) have shifted their allegiance to the Vahini and carrying out the same atrocities,” said Rao.

Rao said the government needs to create a conducive and congenial environment for the peace talks with the Maoists.”We demand a conducive and congenial environment for the peace talks. This environment can be created by withdrawing the joint forces from Junglemahal releasing political prisoners unconditionally and doing away the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).”

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Rao demanded a simultaneous cease-fire for six months for the talks to facilitate with the guerillas.

“Let there be simultaneous cease-fire for six months. The talks should not only for peace but for justice also,justice for the tribals.”

He said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was like a ‘head of police’ who dictated who should be released and who should be arrested. Chidambaram is coming to state Sep 21.

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Kanchan Kumar of Peoples’ Literary Cultural United forum said Banerjee’s National Voluntary Force was another Salwa Judum adding the Bhairav Vahini was perpetrating atrocities as was done by harmads. “The former harmads have now joined the Bhairav Vahini and are carrying on the atrocities,” he said.

Various rights organisations,intellectuals including Rao would visit Junglemahal on a fact-finding mission about the atrocities by the joint forces and to study the condition of the people there.

First published on: 20-09-2011 at 03:05 IST
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