CM Raman in Maoist hit list

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Raipur, Nov 13: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh is on the top of 'hit list' of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoists), a senior police official said today.

Director General of Police Vishwaranjan told the sources that Bihar police alerted the state police about the threat perception after a Maoist arrested in Patna revealed it during interrogation.

Senior Congress leader and leader of the opposition in the Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha Mahendra Karma, who is in the forefront of the ongoing anti-naxalite movement Salwa Judum in Bastar, senior police officer S R P Kalluri and a tribal leader were among those in the Maoist hit list. Mr Kalluri is the Superintendent of Police of Balrampur police district in northern Chhattisgarh.

Mr Vishwaramjan said the tribal leader had not been named but it was persumed that it could be anyone associated with 'Salwa Judum', the ongoing anti-naxalite movement in south Bastar.

''Security arrangements of the leaders concerned are reviewed from time to time on the basis of latest threat perception'', he said.

Police sources said Dr Raman Singh figured in the Naxalite hit list, apparently after the successful 'Salwa Judum' movement in Bastar region where the people have come out in open against the rebels. Dr Singh and his government has been extending all support to the movement, which began in June 2005.

Similarly, Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who hails from the Maoist infested Dantewada region, has been spearheading the anti-naxalite movement for many years. He is playing a vital role in the ongoing Salwa Judum movement by organising public meetings and rallies in the tribal Bastar region to motivate the people to raise their voice against the more than three decade old problem of Naxalite violence in Bastar.

IPS officer S R P Kalluri is heading the anti-naxalite operations in Sarguja region bordering Jharkhand.

A large number of Maoist cadres were either arrested or eliminated in the region under his leadership.


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