New Delhi: Congress today downplayed its
ally Mamata Banerjee describing the encounter of Maoist leader
Azad as a "murder" saying if allegations have been made, there
are institutions to deal with it.
"Congress never supported fake encounters. We make clear
distinction between encounter and fake encounter. If
allegations have been made, there are institutions like the
NHRC and the courts which have a specific mandate to deal with
such issues," party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.
Asked about the Trinamool Congress chief allegedly
hobnobbing with the Maoists in the Lalgarh rally, Tewari said
every political party has a right to carry out its activities
in a democratic manner.
"We should not be misled by false propaganda. If Mamata
Banerjee has gone to Lalgarh, she has said that she was
opposed to violence," the spokesman added.
To a query on the party`s position on the encounter of
Azad in Andhra Pradesh, Tewari said it was not the job of the
party to give certificates on police or administrative action.
On the presence of Maoists in Lalgarh, he asked if at all
Naxals accused of various crimes were there, what prevented
the West Bengal police from arresting them.
"If the West Bengal government was serious about fighting
Maoism, they should have arrested them," he said.
Downplying the presence of Maoists, Tewari said it was a
public rally and no invitations were sent and anybody could
have gone there to attend it.
Tewari also criticised attempts to score political
points on the issue.
The issue figured in both Houses of Parliament with the
Rajya Sabha being adjourned for an hour following an uproar