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Orissa Should Honour Deal with Naxals: Mediators

http://news.outlookindia.com, Bhubaneswar | May 25, 2011
Naxal-selected mediators who held negotiation for safe release of R Vineel Krishna after his abduction by Maoists in February, today said violence may come down in Orissa if the state government honours agreement made during the hostage crisis.

This was stated by Prof Hargopal at a convention here on implementation of 14-point pact between Orissa government and the mediators. Hargopal was one of the three mediators who played a key role in safe release of the then Malkangiri district collector and a junior engineer from Maoists.

His statement on Maoist violence came a day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked Maoists to abjure violence.

"We should talk about violence by both sides, the state government and the ultras. If the state stops violence, Maoists will be forced to stop it," he said.

Orissa's home secretary U N Behera, on the other hand, claimed that the Maoists have gunned down at least eight innocent persons in last 90 days when the state had stopped any kind of coercive action against ultras as per the agreement with mediators.

This apart, Behera said the ultras have also killed at least nine security personnel of neighbouring Chhattisgarh at a place bordering Orissa.

Speaking at the convention, two mediators Hargopal and Dandapani Mohanty as also Maoist sympathiser V V Rao, said it would be wrong to blame the naxals alone for the violence.

"Security personnel have set a regin of terror in parts of Orissa, particularly tribal areas by killing innocent people after branding them as maoists," said Mohanty adding that even girls an women were raped by the policemen.

They pointed out that though the state government during the hostage crisis in February agreed to fulfil 14 basic demands made by Maoists, none was implemented in letter and spirit. "We are hopeful of return of peace in the state after implementation of agreement," said V V Rao.

There was a feeling of betrayal among people, mainly tribals whose kin were lodged at different jails on charge of violence, said Hargopal cautioning the state government that angry tribals could raise a battle against state violence.

Hargopal said this was for the first time that Maoists have taken help of mediators to resolve the crisis.

The trio met Subhashri Panda, wife of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, and Gananath Patra, adviser of a naxal-backed tribal outfit, at Jharpada jail where both are lodged at present.