Maoist Azad`s killing not correct: Mamata
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Last Updated: Monday, August 09, 2010, 23:12
Lalgarh: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday termed as "not correct" the killing of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad who, she claimed, had agreed to hold talks with the government on behalf of the Naxals.

Azad, who was a member of the CPI (Maoists) politburo and a spokesperson for the insurgents, was killed by police in an encounter in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh on July 2.

"I feel the way Azad was killed is not correct. Swami Agnivesh has made him agree to hold talks (with the government). What happened was not correct. I feel the process (for holding talks with the Maoists) should start," Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress chief, told a rally here.

Social activist Agnivesh, who is an interlocutor between the government and the Left extremists, also attended the rally.

"We pay respect to his soul from this meeting," she said of the top Maoist leader.

Agnivesh, on his part, demanded a judicial inquiry into the killing, stating that his demand for a probe was rejected by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

"Subsequently, I spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who assured me that an inquiry will be held. But there has been no order for an inquiry till today," he told a rally called under the banner of the 'Santras Birodhi Mancha' (Anti-Terror Platform) organised by the Trinamool chief.

Agnivesh also demanded a probe into the killings of People's Committee Against Police Atrocities leaders Lalmohan Tudu and Sidhu Soren in West Bengal.

Stating that he was against violence by the Maoists, Agnivesh demanded, "If they have killed people claiming they were police informers, it should also be probed."

He said 'Santras Birodhi Manchas' would be formed countrywide and a round table organised to deliberate on the root cause of the Maoist problem.


First Published: Monday, August 09, 2010, 23:12

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