Kolkata: Maoists called for a 48-hour
`Bharat Bandh` from July 7 to protest against the killing of
their senior politburo member Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad at
Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh by the police, top Maoist leader
Kishenji said on Sunday.
Railways, milk, ambulance and fire services have been
exempted from the shutdown.
Kishenji claimed that Azad, the Maoist spokesman, was
arrested from Nagpur along with another Maoist Sukdeb and
taken 150 kms away to Adilabad where both were shot dead.
Kishenji said from an undisclosed location that Azad
had been proceeding to Dandakaranya for a meeting of the CPI
(Maoist) central committee when he was caught by the police.
He said the top ultras were to attend the central
committee meeting to discuss developments in the context of
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s recent communication to
Swami Agnivesh on talks with the Maoists.
Criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home
Minister P Chidambaram and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
Konijeti Rosaiah, the elusive leader said, "It is apparent
that the Centre does not want talks, because it is speaking of
dialogue and yet killing our members."
With Azad`s killing on July 2, six of the 13 Maoist
politburo members have either been eliminated or were behind
bars, he said.
Speaking about the Chief Minister’s meet convened on July
24 to decide on use of Indian Air Force for anti-Maoist
operations, Kisenji said the IAF should not be used against
"You are Indian citizens, you should not use your guns on
the poor," he said in an appeal to IAF personnel.
Meanwhile, Maoists spokesperson in West Bengal, Akash,
alleged that the CPI(M) was trying to "save" its leaders
"responsible" for the Jnaneswari Express disaster by putting
the blame on Maoists.
He alleged that the CBI and the state government were
making efforts to make one of the main accused in the train
disaster Bapi Mahto, whom the Maoists have disowned, turn
He accused CPI(M) leaders like Susanta Ghosh, Anuj
Pandey, Dahareshwar Sen and Ram Seth for the disaster that
left 148 passengers dead on May 28.
"The Maoists are not responsible for the accident. It
is Bapi and CPI(M) leaders who are the conspirators. The
people will punish them," he claimed.