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Maoists call for two-day bandh in five states

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 16:25

Kolkata: Top Maoist leader Kishenji Tuesday called a two-day bandh beginning June 30 in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar and Chattishgarh to protest the disinvestment policy of the Centre.

"We are protesting the decision to disinvest 10 per cent in Coal India and Hindustan Copper by the Centre," Kishenji told reporters from an undisclosed location.
Besides the five states, three districts of Maharashtra -- Gadchiroli, Bhandara, besides Madhya Pradesh`s Chandrapur and Balaghat districts would also be under the
purview of the bandh, he said.

The Maoist Politburo member said that essential services, including the Railways, electricity, ambulance, milk and newspapers would be exempted. He also held the the government and the BJP responsible for the escape of former chairman of Union Carbide, Warren Anderson in the wake of the Bhopal Gas tragedy.
Maoists will also observe `protest week` from tomorrow on these issues.


First Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 16:25
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