Medha meets Sonia, seeks NAC role in Maoist issue
Amid reports that she along with some other human rights activist were under scanner of the Chhattisgarh police for alleged links with Maoists, Medha Patkar today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi.delhi Updated: Jul 16, 2010 21:42 IST
Amid reports that she along with some other human rights activist were under scanner of the Chhattisgarh police for alleged links with Maoists, Medha Patkar on Friday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
She apprised Gandhi of the Maoist issue and said that the Unified Command of four states to fight the Maoists was not a solution to the problem, insisting that "violence and counter violence" should end.
"This is a military option. We consider military option from both sides as wrong," Patkar later told PTI.
She said instead of a dialogue with the Maoists, discussion should be on the issues of development and hinted that the NAC headed by Gandhi should take up the issue.
Referring to the killing of Maoist spokesman Azad, Patkar demanded a judicial probe into the issue and said that the incident was a setback to the process of the impending dialogue between the left wing extremists and the government.
Patkar said she was not involved in the process of the much-required talks and Swami Agnivesh was taking the lead on this issue.
"We want the NAC to take up issues like proper policy for displaced people in the country. Appropriate changes in policy for land acquisition was also needed," the leader of the Narmada Bachao Andolan said.
Media reports said that Chhattisgarh police is probing the allegation that human rights activists like Patkar and others have links with Maoists.