Maoists back freedom call by Kashmiris
Communist Party of India (CPI-Maoists) has come out openly in support of the Kashmiri population fighting for ‘freedom’, even as it offered to give up the gun and engage in political war with the ruling Marxists in West Bengal provided their cadres end violence.india Updated: Sep 25, 2010 02:45 IST
Communist Party of India (CPI-Maoists) has come out openly in support of the Kashmiri population fighting for ‘freedom’, even as it offered to give up the gun and engage in political war with the ruling Marxists in West Bengal provided their cadres end violence.
“We appeal to the Indian masses to respect the Kashmiris demand for an independent country,” the Maoists spokesperson, Koteshwar Rao, alias Kishanji told HT on Friday. He said for the last three months, Kashmiris have been fighting their war for independence sans guns or support from any terrorist groups.
“The Abdullahs — Sheikh, Farooq and Omar Abdullah—have failed to win the Kashmiris hearts in the last 65 years,” he said, strongly justifying repeal of the Special Forces Arms Act, and appealing to end killing of the young ‘freedom fighters.’
“No country has succeeded in suppressing the voices of nationalist forces with guns,” he said from an undisclosed location in West Bengal, adding, the valley is described at international forums as either India or Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
The 53–year-old politburo member, the most vocal among all top leaders, said that they support a political and ideological war with the Marxists in Bengal, but the armed Marxists cadres were playing spoilsport. “The ruling CPM runs at least 100 camps of armed cadres in West Midnapore district who are killing innocent villagers. Bandh or no bandh, killings will continue until the Marxists do not shut the camps and go for a ideological war,” he said.
Kishaji declined any association with the Trinamool noting: “For us both CPM and Trinamool are alike.”
Suspecting a silent pact between Congress and BJP over the Ayodhya issue, Kishanji said, RSS and BJP have plans to disturb the nation’s peace by targeting Muslims after the verdict.
First Published: Sep 25, 2010 02:44 IST