Lalu accuses Nitish of failing to handle Maoist crisis

RJD supremo Lalu Prasad today accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of failing to handle the crisis arising out of the kidnapping of policemen after the encounter with Maoists in Lakhisarai district.

Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad today accused
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of failing to handle the
crisis arising out of the kidnapping of policemen after the
encounter with Maoists in Lakhisarai district.

"The state is insensitive and inhuman...the policemen
continue to sacrifice their lives but still there is no care
for them and their families...what will compensation do after
families lose their near and dear ones," Prasad asked.

He alleged no initiative was taken for securing release of
the hostages and appealed to the ultras to shun the path of
violence and free the captives unconditionally.

"Violence is no way to solve a problem...the Maoists must
shun it and release the hostages without any condition as they
are like their brothers," he said.

Meanwhile, RJD Spokespersons Ram Kripal Yadav and
Shakeel Ahmed khan alleged lack of coordination among the
police brass in the combing operation leading to the
encounter.

The securitymen were inadequately armed. The local
police authorities too failed to send reinforcent in time to
support the securitymen locked in an encounter with the
Maoists in Lakhisarai district, they told reporters.

They demanded compensation of Rs 25 lakh each to the
kins of the slain cops, full salaries for the remaining period
of their service and a job to their kin.

They also alleged that the ambivalent attitude on the
Maoists of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was responsible for the
spread of ultra-left activities in 35 out of 38 districts,
they said.

Kumar also did not cooperate with the UPA government
in joining a central mechanism to tackle the ultra-left
insurgency, they said.

The government`s plan to stem Maoists with development
and welfare measures for poor people proved to be a on-starter
with a major chunk of the central funds being looted by
`corrupt` bureaucrats and their political masters, they
alleged.

The NDA government was also guilty of discontinuing
the rehabilitation programme of the Naxal elements formulated
by the RJD-led government to bring to overground those ultras
wanting to join the mainstream, the RJD leaders said.

The RJD leaders also took to task the government
for its failure to undertake modernization of police with
Central funds.

PTI

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