"Maoist violence may come down if Orissa honours agreement"
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 22:33
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 violence.

"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.


First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 22:33

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