Monday, March 26, 2007

Maoist hold huge rally in Ranchi

RANCHI: The state police remained on high alert on Friday in a bid to prevent Naxal outfits participating in a rally organised at the Morhabadi Ground to mark the anti-imperialist day.

The rally organised by various democratic-socio-cultural organisations of Naxals was also attended by several frontal organisations of extremists hailing from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Orissa.

Talking to TOI, DGP JB Mahapatra said the police had information about Naxal outfits sponsoring the rally and it was maintaining a strict vigil.

"We did everything except restricting the rally," he said. Police also prevented some of the vehicles entering the capital from the Ranchi-Lohardagga route and even the rally was escorted by police force while it moved on the thoroughfares of the city.

Prior to this, the congregation of different democratic fronts held a preliminary meeting and declared a charter of Ranchi convention.

Announcing the formation of a nine-member steering committee under the chairmanship of Bramhadeo Sharma of Bharat Jan Andolan, convener of the meeting and noted social worker of Andhra Pradesh GN SaiBaba said, "They have rejected the present model of development and chalked out an annual programme to be adopted at the national-level"
Beginning with mass rally in Chattisgarh, Orissa and Polabaram in AP the newly-formed steering committee has decided to gherao the Parliament in October in which artists and intelligentsia will participate in a large number.

The forum has also given a call for an all India bandh in October but the date is yet to be finalised. Sharma said the forum is against the concept of state-owned resources and will make all efforts to reinstate people's right over natural resources.

The government is only the custodian of resources and transfers ownership to multinational companies at its own wish setting aside the concern of poor and downtrodden and this will no longer be tolerated, he said.

Working on distinct platforms in different states against oppressive moves of state government, the forum was seen as a major development in which the participants vowed to cooperate each other during upheavals.

Literature on different extremist movements and success stories of comrades was available during the two-day programme which concluded here with the rally.

Elaborate discussions werealso held prior to the rally on people's resistance in Singur and Dandyakarni and elimination of villagers by forcing them into armed rebellion like Salwa Judum of Chhattisgarh.

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