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Noted freedom fighter dubs police action on Maoists as unfortunate

Posted on Nov 15, 07:22PM | UNI

Veteran freedom fighter Bhabani Patnaik and noted civil society leader Radhamohan have appealed to both the Odisha government and the Maoists to abjure violence and work towards a peaceful resolution of the issues at stake.

In a joint statement, released to the press here,both Mr Pattnaik a former MP and Mr Radhamohan, former Infirmation Commissioner, have described the police action killing five Maoists at Bhaliaguda forest on the Gajapati-Ganjam border yesterday as 'unfortunate' Stating that a strong political and administrative will is required to solve the issues through a peaceful and non-violent method, they urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the State Chief Secretary to play a proactive and constructive role in the matter.

" We are deeply shocked at the police action on the meeting organised by the Maoists in which five naxals were killed when the state government had responded to Maoist lesader Sabya Sachi Panda's promise that they would abjure violence if the security forces would not attack on them. " Mr Pattnaik and Mr Radhamohan said top Maoist leader Sabya Sachi Panda had abjured violence to keep his promise and was making all efforts to solve the social and economic issues through peaceful and non-violent way.

The two leader had earlier asked Sabya Sachi Panda to surrender before the police and join the main stream and work for the uplift of the poor and the downtrodden people in the society.

The Maoist leader had responded to the call of the civil society leader and asked them to persuade the state government not to resort to police action against them.