Kolkata: After being labelled as a pawn by
Maoists, Swami Agnivesh, acting as a mediator in brokering
talks between Naxals and the government, says he will continue
to make a sincere effort to bring peace.
"Everybody has a right to say anything. All my life I
have followed the path of truth. The process to bring peace in
Maoist affected states through dialogue was a sincere one,
which unfortunately failed," Agnivesh told PTI.
Asked whether he would attend the rally at Lalgarh on
August 9 called by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee,
he said, "Yes, I will go. I still believe that dialogue,
peace, democracy and not violence can only solve the problem."
Maoists had asked Agnivesh not to contact them through
their channels alleging that police was tracking their leaders
through the letters sent by him.
In an "open letter" to Agnivesh dated August three,
CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Srikant alias Sukant
said the two letters of Swami Agnivesh dated June 26 and July
22 have not reached the top leaders of the party, who are to
take a call on the offer.
Azad, who was killed in an encounter in early July,
and he himself had received the letters but could not pass it
on to their leaders, Sukant said in the letter.
He alleged that Agnivesh opening channels of
communication with Maoists for talks were used by police to
track Azad and later eliminate him.
Agnivesh had also gone public saying he felt that
authorities used his communication and channels to track Azad
after which he was killed in an encounter in Andhra Pradesh.
He had also demanded a judicial probe into encounter in which
Azad and one Hem Chandra Pandey, a Delhi-based freelance
journalist, were killed.