CPI (M-L) condemns killings of innocent people in Orissa by Maoist

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Bhubaneshwar, Jan.31 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) has strongly condemned the killing of innocent people in Orissa by Maoists and has termed them "anti-people".

K. N. Ramachandran, General Secretary, Communist Party of India said that the Maoists are straying from the Marxist ideology, and said they are anti-people and anarchist.

Ramachandran, who belonged to Communist Party of India (CPI), and later changed to Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) in the late fifties, joined the CPI (ML) during the Naxalbari movement in West Bengal.

Ramachandran's statement came in the wake of repeated attacks carried out by Maoists on police officials and locals, as well as blowing up schools and hospitals in the region.

The Maoists, who had declared themselves as the saviors of the deprived sections of the society, and have been fighting for their development, are now blocking developmental projects in the region.

Ramachandran said that the Maoists are individualistic and have no democracy in their leadership. The anarchist line of Maoists is self-destructive, which is going to help neither the people nor the Maoists, themselves.

"The Maoists are nothing but a militaristic lay. They have got no people-orientation, starting from Kakatiya express burning to present day bombing of several trains, schools, hospitals and other things. They are anti-people and anarchists who need publicity; they are media conscious," said K N Ramachandran, General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist).

Further, Ramachandran stressed the fact that now the people of all sections of society are vehemently opposing the Maoists and their violent methods.

Experts say that there is nothing left that can be considered positive about the Maoists, and they have no right to kill innocent police officials and attack developmental projects in the state.

"Nothing is left which can be regarded as positive about the Maoist movement in Orissa. Whatever the case may be, there is no place of violence in the civil society. When people say that the policemen are killing people, it is condemnable too. When the policemen kill the tribals in the name of an encounter, it is unpardonable, but who gave them (Maoists) the right to kill the innocent police personnel by landmines? What they're doing is not development. What development or democracy or civil society are they talking about? We cannot tolerate any type violence in the civil society," said Rajat Kujuru, a research scholar on Maoists.

He added that there are certain things that the federal and the state governments need to focus on, but violence and gun-culture are not going to solve their issues.

The Maoist rebellion began four decades ago championing the cause of poor peasants in the east, but has now spread to large areas of the country, with the rebels targeting police and government property in hit-and-run attacks.

The rebels have ignored repeated calls to renounce violence and negotiate and have stepped up their attacks in recent months, prompting the government to go after them in a concerted strike.

Thousands have been killed in the Maoist insurgency, which began in the late 1960s and which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had described as one of the gravest domestic threat to India's internal security. (ANI)

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