Mamata Banerjee to release Maoists, political leaders?

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Kolkata, Jul 21: The government will release 52 political leaders including two Maoist leaders, said Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister, West Bengal on Jul 20.

The two Maoist leaders have been charged with sedition and are serving a term in Krishnagar jail. At a time when there are signs of demand for renewed statehood, Mamata also wants to free 43 activists of Greater Cooch Behar People's Association.

"This is the first phase of release of those politically remanded in custody. I will fulfill my commitment and more releases will happen soon," said Mamata Banerjee addressing the media.

The announcement comes at a time when Mamata, at a Brigade rally, plans to show her achievements- the Singur bill, Darjeeling accord and releasing political prisoners.

Among the 52 political leaders who are to be released, seven are Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militants and 43 Greater Cooch Behar People's Association activists. Most were charged of sedition.

"It is a tedious process as some of the cases are pending in Supreme Court. Some are in the high court and many cases are pending in the lower courts," said Banerjee.

The 52 political prisoners were picked out of 78 recommended by the the Bandi Mukti Committee. The Mamata government set up the committee to release the political prisoners.

"The package will be meant for all those who are fighting on ideological grounds or even against me. We want all to work together for development and want them to be partners in development," said the CM on announcing her packages to the Maoists of Jangalmahal, adding that a special package also would be offered to those Maoists willing to get back to their normal life.

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