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‘Govt`s awareness of Maoist-China link shows preparedness’

Last Updated: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 21:54

New Delhi: After the Government indicated
that China may be a source of arms for Maoists, Congress on Monday
said the country`s awareness of the issue shows it is prepared
to take concrete actions.

"It is a very serious thing but the fact that we are
aware of this serious issue shows we are alert and prepared to
take concrete actions," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi
told reporters here.

Yesterday, Home Secretary G K Pillai had said, "Chinese
are big smugglers... suppliers of small arms. I am sure that
the Maoists also get them." Pillai made the statement when
asked if the Naxals were having links with China.

This is for the first time that someone high in the
government has spoken about the possibility of Maoists getting
arms from China.

To queries regarding possibilities of some Congress men`s
involvement in the alleged money laundering scam in which
former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda is entangled, the
Congress leader said, "I do not know which all Congress
leaders, about whom you are talking, are linked."

He stressed that Koda was prosecuted during a Congress
regime and added that there was no question of the party
supporting corruption.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 21:54

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