To protest price rise, Maoists call bandh in 6 states on Feb 7

Jan 19

NEW DELHI: The CPI(Maoist) has called a bandh on February 7 in protest against price rise, the government’s move to further hike petrol price on January 15, rampant corruption cases like 2G spectrum allocation and the Centre’s offensive against red ultras.

The bandh will follow a two-day show of protest, according to a statement released by the party’s central committee (CC) on January 15.

The statement urged, “our central committee appeals to all the people to observe protests from 4 to 6 February and one-day Bharat Bandh on 7 February against price-rise, scams and state terror.”

It added, “We are making it clear that there would be no bandh during the protest days and that Bharat Bandh would be observed in six states West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and three districts in Maharashtra Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur and one district in Madhya Pradesh, Balaghat. Medical services and people attending examinations and interviews will be excluded from the bandh activities.”

“The latest addition to the already long-list of sufferings of the people of our country is the new rise in food inflation to 18.5% with prices touching the sky. On top of this, petrol prices have been hiked from the midnight of 15 January which would again lead to more price-rise..,” the party said.

Justifying the protests, the Maoist party statement says, “…how should one put up with the most inhuman, cruel, insensitive and callous statement of the person in the highest post in our country, that too a person who is supposed to administer this country efficiently so that the lives of the people turn for better?… But Mr Manmohan Singh! You have out stepped all the limits of decency and humanity in expressing such contempt for people you are supposed to lead…”

“In West Bengal… CPM in collusion with the Centre has increased the number of camps to 140 in Jangal Mahal and Lalgarh and filled them with police, paramilitary and its own counter-revolutionary Harmad Bahini goons, with an eye on the upcoming elections. That the ongoing atrocities on people of these areas would increase is anybody’s guess… In Bihar and Jharkhand arrests, tortures and murders of Maoist cadres are continuing. In Andhra… fake encounters have not stopped. In an unprecedented offensive in Odisha in the past two months nearly 25 Maoist cadres and ordinary people were killed and most of these `encounters’ were fake,” the statement alleged.

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