Kolkata: Hinting of another tough
resistance to security forces in Lalgarh, a top Maoist leader
today said the second phase of joint operations will also fail
as "no government can oppress the voice of the people".
"This is a people`s movement and no government can
oppress the voice of the people," Kishenji said on phone
from an undisclosed location.
"They were not successful in the first phase so they
are preparing for a second phase," he said.
He alleged that the joint forces were disrupting
studies of students because of their occupation of school
buildings and also harassing tribals in Lalgarh.
Kishenji claimed to have written to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on July 12 and West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on July 26 demanding withdrawal of the
joint forces and that talks be held. "I have received no
reply," he said.
Alleging that all political parties including CPI-M
and Trinamool Congress were trying to encash on the situation
at Lalgarh, he said that "neglected by the government for
years, tribals were now carrying out their own development
"Is it wrong if tribals unite and do something which
is the duty of the government? Why is the the government
obstructing tribals from carrying out development work?" he