Maoists call for bandh in six states on Feb 7

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New Delhi, Jan 19: The Maoists have called for a total shut-down in six states protesting against the price rise, unabated corruption and scams and the Centre's dealing with Maoists' issues. The bandh has been called on Feb 7 and will be followed by a two-day show of protest. The information was released by the party's central committee (CC) on Jan 15.

The statement also added, "our central committee appeals to all the people to observe protests from Feb 4 - 6 and one-day Bharat Bandh on Feb 7 against price-rise, scams and state terror. We are making it clear that there would be no bandh during the protest days and that Bharat Bandh would be observed in six states West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and three districts in Maharashtra Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur and one district in Madhya Pradesh, Balaghat. Medical services and people attending examinations and interviews will be excluded from the bandh activities."

"The latest addition to the already long-list of sufferings of the people of our country is the new rise in food inflation to 18.5% with prices touching the sky. On top of this, petrol prices have been hiked from the midnight of 15 Jan which would again lead to more price-rise..," the party said.

Hitting out at the ruling Indian government and taking a no-holds barred approach, the party statement also said, " should one put up with the most inhuman, cruel, insensitive and callous statement of the person in the highest post in our country, that too a person who is supposed to administer this country efficiently so that the lives of the people turn for better?... But Mr Manmohan Singh! You have out stepped all the limits of decency and humanity in expressing such contempt for people you are supposed to lead..."

"In West Bengal... CPM in collusion with the Centre has increased the number of camps to 140 in Jangal Mahal and Lalgarh and filled them with police, paramilitary and its own counter-revolutionary Harmad Bahini goons, with an eye on the upcoming elections. That the ongoing atrocities on people of these areas would increase is anybody's guess... In Bihar and Jharkhand arrests, tortures and murders of Maoist cadres are continuing. In Andhra... fake encounters have not stopped. In an unprecedented offensive in Odisha in the past two months nearly 25 Maoist cadres and ordinary people were killed and most of these encounters' were fake," the statement countered its argument.

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