C'garh administration targeting CPI cadres: D Raja

New Delhi: CPI on Sunday alleged that the Chhattisgarh administration was targeting its cadres in Dantewada district by branding them as Maoists and demanded the Centre to initiate action against guilty people.

The CPI demanded the Home Ministry to "question the Chhattisgarh Government's role in targeting the party and arresting its elected leaders and cadres".

Party's national secretary D Raja also sought action against SSP Dantewada S R P Kalluri, alleging that hundreds of CPI supporters were attacked by the "administration" on November 25 while taking out a rally to register their protest against police atrocities.

He alleged that 12 of its prominent leaders in the state have also been subjected to attacks on various occasions both by the state and the central police.

"CPI strongly condemns the brutal attacks. The way the state and the central security forces act against the legitimate function of party like CPI poses a grave threat to the democratic polity of the country," he said.

Raja said the state government and the Centre had failed to understand the differences between the political workers of CPI and the Maoists.

"In a way, the state administration and the security forces are using the Maoist cover to attack a genuine recognised political party like CPI which has been working among tribal people for long protecting their interest and welfare," he said.

Raja also demanded that arrested leaders and cadres of the party be released immediately and cases registered against them be withdrawn.