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Don't go back on word, Maoist leader warns Naveen

Indian Express, March 15 2011

Maoist ideologue Ganti Prasadam has warned Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik against going back on his word to release 700-odd tribals lodged in various jails of Orissa.

In a statement from jail, Prasadam (55) said it would be Naveen's great political folly if he "either intentionally or rather out of any compulsion from any quarter allows himself to be swayed by the disruptionist forces of different sorts who are bent upon destabilising the peace process and sabotaging the agreement reached".

The Maoists had sought Prasadam's release as a precondition for the safe passage of Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi who were abducted last month.

An associate of top Maoist leader Ramakrishna, Prasadam issued the statement from Koraput jail where he is still lodged with four others, including Ramakrishna's wife Padma.

Though all the five Maoists have been granted bail by the Orissa High Court, they have refused to come out of jail, insisting that the tribals be released first.

The Maoist ideologue was brought from Koraput to Bhubaneswar jail last month to participate in the discussion for the release of the Malkangiri collector.

"As such, along with the interlocutors, I am striving for timely implementation of the 14-point agreement reached between the government of Orissa and its intermediaries, which facilitated the early and safe release of the captives. The focal point of the said agreement is the speedy release of the hundreds of innocent adivasi peasants languishing and anguishing behind the prison bars for some years by now with cooked-up charges and with blatantly false cases," Prasadam said.

The Maoist ideologue, who is likely to be sent to Ongole jail in Andhra Pradesh for trial in another case, said the agreement with the three-member team of interlocutors should not be allowed to remain just a piece of document.  "It is unjust, morally wrong and politically a blunder if the government disowns its responsibility of implementing the agreement. And now the burden lies on the Naveen Patnaik government and silence for long can't be an answer and it should realise," he said.