Suravaram Urges Chhattisgarh CM to Release Telangana Activists

Hyderabad: General Secretary of CPI, Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy has requested the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to intervene in the arrests of Telangana intellectuals of Civil Rights movement, and see that they were released and the false cases against them be withdrawn.

In a letter to the chief minister, the CPI leader pointed out that seven intellectuals, civil society personalities of Telangana were arrested and kept in Jail in Chattishgarh on the pretext of Naxalites. They were on their way to Chattishgarh, as a fact-finding committee to find the real situation on the ground level. It is unfortunate that they were arrested without verifying whether the allegation is right or wrong. They are known people in Telangana Civil Society carrying on their independent professions and playing their role in civil society at Hyderabad and in their native places. In fact they were arrested in Bhadrachalam by AP police and handed over to Chattishgarh police, the letter stated.

Reddy questioned if they were Naxalites, why should they openly announce and go to Chattishgarh. The allegation is that they met Haribhushan, Naxalite leader twice in December and going to meet him again. Why a Naxalite leader will take the risk of meeting some people so many times, who are openly coming to Chattishgarh, he wondered.

He further said that Chhattisgarh police are branding everybody as Naxalites. Journalists, Adivasi leaders, university teachers are being harassed, arrested and concocted cases are filed against them.

a�?Our Party CPI does not agree the methods of individual annihilation by Naxalites. We have ideological differences that sometimes lead to clashes. In Bastar, our party comrades faced Naxalites on one side and police on the other side. IGP for Bastar S.R. Kalluri is known to brand everybody as Naxals and terrorizing the people, bringing a bad name to the city. Ultimately you have to send him on forced leave. The seven are also victims of such conspiracy. Naxalism cannot be treated as law and order problem. It is a socio-economic problem and needs a political solution. Chattishgarh is becoming a police raj. Let Democratic Civil rights be extended to Chattishgarh also,a�? Reddy said.

He added that these people were in Jails for two months without bail. They were arrested on December 25 at Dummaguden of Bhadrachalam area. It is a violation of fundamental right of free movement, freedom of speech and expression. Supreme Court also commented on the prevailing conditions in Chattishgarh, he said.

a�?I request you to intervene in this case, instruct to withdraw false cases and release the following seven people unconditionally. Hope you will respond positively,a�? the CPI leader added. (NSS)

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