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Orissa CM assured mediators of withdrawing cases against tribals booked on Maoist charges

Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said cases against tribals and some others, who had been lodged in jails on charges of Maoist activities, would be withdrawn soon.

india Updated: May 25, 2011 00:44 IST
Priya Ranjan Sahu

Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said cases against tribals and some others, who had been lodged in jails on charges of Maoist activities, would be withdrawn soon.

“Process is on to withdraw cases against the tribals by June 30,” Patnaik told news persons after a two-hour meeting in the evening with the mediators R Hargopal and Dandapani Mohantry, who played a key role in the release of former Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna from Maoist captivity. Revolutionary poet Vara Vara Rao of Andhra Pradesh was also present in the meeting.

Patnaik, however, said that the Maoists also must stop violence.

Krishna was abducted by Maoists on February 16 and released eight days later after the state government agreed to fulfill a 14-point agreement with the mediators. The 14-point agreement included release of more than 600 “innocent” tribals lodged in different jails of Orissa on charge of Maoist activities, halting the combing operation, cancellation of bauxite mining and implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA).

After the meeting, Mohanty told the HT: “We hope the state government will implement what the chief minister has assured.”

Mohanty said Patnaik has asked his bureaucrats to withdraw the Semiliguda police case (in Koraput district) within 15 days, which would ensure release of three women and two men, who were booked on charges of Maoist activities. “Besides the chief minister has assured that process was on to withdraw nine cases involving 168 innocent tribals of Narayanpatna in Koraput by June 30,” Mohanty said.