Eminent figures plead for stopping operations against Maoists
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 06, 2010, 20:35
Kolkata: Eminent personalities, including Magsaysay award winner Mahasweta Devi, on Saturday urged Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to immediately stop anti-Maoist operations in West Midnapore district.

"It is unfortunate to see that the government is offering to talk to the Maoists on the one hand, and using police and paramilitary forces to liquidate leaders of mass movement," they said in a letter to Chidambaram.

The government has sent out a signal that it would crush all forms of dissent by killing mass leaders, the letter alleged.

"Where you talk of bringing in development in tribal areas, we hear footsteps of a police state. This two-faced policy is sure to drown the country in a vicious circle of violence."

They also condemned the killing of People's Committee against Police Atrocities president Lalmohan Tudu and two others at Kantapahari near Lalgarh on February 22.

The police version of the encounter in which the three were killed was "lies", they alleged.

Demanding a judicial inquiry into Tudu's death, the signatories claimed that evidence and eye witness accounts indicated that Tudu was killed near his house.

Stating that Tudu at no time was accused of being an "activist", they alleged "this clearly shows that the government is implementing a deliberate policy of annihilating the leaders of a mass movement of tribals."

Other signatories of the statement included Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman, theatre personality Bibhas Chakraborty, poet Joy Goswami, human right activist Sujato Bhadra and Tarun Mondal, MP.


First Published: Saturday, March 06, 2010, 20:35

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