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NCP seeks withdrawal of ban on CPI(Maoist) in Orissa

Last Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 21:10

Bhubaneswar: Seeking withdrawal of ban on
CPI(Maoist) in Orissa, Sharad Pawar-led NCP on Monday supported
the state government`s decision to stop use of force against
Naxals as long as peace prevailed in the state.

"It is a good decision to stop combing operation.
Orissa will be saved from bloodshed. Both Maoists and the
security forces will benefit from the agreement," NCP`s
national executive member and former MLA Arun Dey told
reporters.
Seeking withdrawal of ban on the outlawed outfit, he
said a ban only encouraged the ultras which could adversely
affect the peace process initiated by state government.

Dey, however, clarified that NCP demanded withdrawal
of ban in Orissa alone and not in other parts of the country
including Maharastra.

"As the state government has started peace initiative,
lifting of ban order will help in winning confidence of the
misguided youths," he said.
Demanding extension of the state government`s
agreement of examining cases against Maoists, Dey said it
should be applicable to all political detainees in the state.

"Cases against all political prisoners should be examined and
steps be taken to free them from jails," he said.

A former leftist leader, Dey also said union home
minister P Chidambaram had "no business" in the affairs in the
state. "Chidambaram has no business to question how the state
government ensured release of its officials from Maoists
captivity," Dey said.

While opposition parties including Congress and BJP
describe the hostage crisis as a "drama" and "pre-planned"
one, the NCP leader said people will believe if the state
government does not honour its commitments made to the
mediators.

PTI

First Published: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 21:10
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