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Contradiction in government policy on tackling Maoists: CPI-M

delhi Updated: Aug 11, 2010 16:11 IST
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The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Wednesday charged the government with contradicting its policy of tackling the Maoists, saying it had not come clean on Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee taking the support of an organisation backed by the ultras for her Lalgarh rally on Monday.

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said the People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), which the government had described as a front organisation of the Maoists, had extended support to the rally addressed by Banerjee Monday in Lalgarh.

"CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) says that (activists of) PCPA are involved in Gyneshawari Express blast case. A minister is holding a meeting (with their support) and protecting them. There is a deep contradiction," Yechury said.

He said that the government was keeping quiet as it needed the support of the Trinamool Congress to stay in power.

"This is disservice to the country. How will they contain violence like this," Yehury asked.

He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on several occasions described the Maoist problem as the single most important internal security challenge but a minister of his team was taking their support for her rally.

At the Lalgarh rally on Monday, Banerjee slammed the killing of Maoist spokesperson Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, in an encounter in Andhra Pradesh July 2, suggesting it was a staged shootout.

The CBI has arrested activists of PCPA for alleged involvement in the derailment of the Gyaneswari Express that left 148 people dead in West Midnapore district of West Bengal.