Bhubaneswar: Naxal-selected mediators who
held negotiation for safe release of R Vineel Krishna after
his abduction by Maoists in February, on Wednesday said violence may
come down in Orissa if the state government honours agreement
made during the hostage crisis.
This was stated by Prof Hargopal at a convention here
on implementation of 14-point pact between Orissa government
and the mediators. Hargopal was one of the three mediators who
played a key role in safe release of the then Malkangiri
district collector and a junior engineer from Maoists.
His statement on Maoist violence came a day after
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked Maoists to abjure
"We should talk about violence by both sides, the state
government and the ultras. If the state stops violence,
Maoists will be forced to stop it," he said.
Orissa`s home secretary U N Behera, on the other hand,
claimed that the Maoists have gunned down at least eight
innocent persons in last 90 days when the state had stopped
any kind of coercive action against ultras as per the
agreement with mediators.
This apart, Behera said the ultras have also killed at
least nine security personnel of neighbouring Chhattisgarh at
a place bordering Orissa.
Speaking at the convention, two mediators Hargopal and
Dandapani Mohanty as also Maoist sympathiser V V Rao, said it
would be wrong to blame the naxals alone for the violence.