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State sponsored terrorism in guise of encounter killings :Former mimister

DH News Service, Tumkur:
Encounter killings is not the panacea for the naxal problem. It is nothing but terrorism perpetuated by the government, said former minister H Vishwanath.


Encounter killings is not the panacea for the naxal problem. It is nothing but terrorism perpetuated by the government, said former minister H Vishwanath.He was speaking at the inauguration of 'Hachchevu Nenapina Deepa', organised by the Dalit Social and Cultural Research Centre in remembrance of Professor K Ramadas, here on Sunday.

He strongly condemned the stance taken by the present State government, with regard to the naxal problem. "The government has been continually telling that it is ready for talks with the naxals.


However, instead of these verbal assurances the government should engage themselves in constructive programmes at the regions afflicted by naxalism. Open dialogues should be initiated between the naxals, the people of the region and the representatives of the government. The present government however, has not taken any such positive steps toward resolving the problem," said Vishwanath.

What prompts ordinary people to become naxals and take up arms against the government? Serious thinking needs to be directed towards such hard hitting realities. Instead of this, the government is busy adding Kadidal Shamanna, a farmers' leader from the Malnad region in the list of naxal sympathisers, critiqued Vishwanath.

The State government in the pretext of containing the naxal problem is unleashing terror on innocent lot. Menasinahadya encounter incident is bleak testimony to it. Ramadas was an upright individual, who stood by what he believed till the end of his days. He was a great friend of the progressive movements of the people, he said. Professor Ramadas had been a great votary of inter-caste marriages.

Thus, in remembrance of him the Dalit Social and Cultural Research Centre had organised the inter- caste marriage of Kavitha and Nagaraj on Sunday, Pandit Rajeev Taranath and Cheluru Venkatesh and others also participated.

http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Jul232007/district2007072214492.asp

posted by Resistance 7/23/2007 07:32:00 AM,

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