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Use of force against 'democratic movement' fruitless: Kishenji

india Updated: Oct 21, 2009 01:05 IST
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With the Centre contemplating action against Maoists, its leader Kishenji on Tuesday said it was for the West Bengal and the Union governments to understand that use of force against "a democratic movement" was fruitless.

"Ours is one of the biggest ever operations against the state government. It will continue till the state and the Union governments understand that force is not the way to throttle a democratic movement," Kishenji told PTI over phone from an undisclosed location.

Claiming responsibility for the attack on a police station in West Midnapore district in which two police officers were killed, he warned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home minister P Chidambaram, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee against taking up such an action.

"They will have to take the responsibility," Kishenji said.

He also said Union ministers from the West Bengal, including Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, "have to take the responsibility".

Asked if their attack was targeted against the anti-Maoist operations in the district by the joint forces, Kishenji said, "It is not only against the offensive by joint forces, but also against the mobilisation of forces in seven states including West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chattishgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra." MORE PTI SAG PC Kishenji also defended the loot of arms and ammunition from the police station, saying, "We need arms. We entered Sankrail police station to secure arms.

"We are trying to create a third line of defence for which we need arms. There is a shortage of arms and we have to resort to loot."

He claimed that it was not the intention of the Maoists to kill police officers. "They opened fire on us. We had to defend ourselves. We only kill to defend ourselves."

He also said the attack on the police station which did not fall in a Maois- dominated area, was carried out as a warning against encirclement by security forces.

Maoists, including six women, barged into Sankrail police station and killed the second officer Dibakar Bhattacharya and kidnapped ASI Swapan Roy, who was later found dead, and officer-in-charge Atindranath Dutta.

The Maoists then looted arms from the police station and Rs ten lakh from a nearby bank.