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Medha Patkar meets Sonia, seeks NIA role in Maoist issue

Last Updated: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 22:16

New Delhi: Amid reports that she
along with some other human rights activist were under scanner
of the Chhattisgarh police for alleged links with Maoists,
Medha Patkar on Friday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

She apprised Gandhi of the Maoist issue and said that
the Unified Command of four states to fight the Maoists was
not a solution to the problem, insisting that "violence and
counter violence" should end.
"This is a military option. We consider military
option from both sides as wrong," Patkar later told agency.

She said instead of a dialogue with the Maoists,
discussion should be on the issues of development and hinted
that the NAC headed by Gandhi should take up the issue.

Referring to the killing of Maoist spokesman Azad,
Patkar demanded a judicial probe into the issue and said that
the incident was a setback to the process of the impending
dialogue between the left wing extremists and the government.

Patkar said she was not involved in the process of
the much-required talks and Swami Agnivesh was taking the lead
on this issue.
"We want the NAC to take up issues like proper policy
for displaced people in the country. Appropriate changes in
policy for land acquisition was also needed," the leader of
the Narmada Bachao Andolan said.

Media reports said that Chhattisgarh police is probing
the allegation that human rights activists like Patkar and
others have links with Maoists.


First Published: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 22:16
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