India: “Release CPI(Maoist) spokesperson Gour Chakravarty”
Following is a press release dated 227 June issued by the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners.
The Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) strongly condemns the arrest and media trial of Gour Chakravarty, the West Bengal State Spokesperson of the CPI (Maoist).
This is a complete volte face of the CPI(M) led government which had continuously insisted that they would deal with the Maoists politically. In fact it shows beyond doubt that the issues raised by the Maoists and the militant struggles of the adivasis of Lalgarh have become a real problem for the CPI(M)-led government in West Bengal. The only way that this government can deal with the issues of life and death for the toiling masses, pertaining to the four dreaded Ds – Displacement, Destruction, Destitution and Death – are through the baton and barrels of the police and paramilitary. Otherwise any people-oriented government would have first listened to the just demands of the adivasis of Lalgarh. The right to dissent against the policies of the State is a constitutionally guaranteed right. And when the people of Lalgarh have protested against the policies of the government which they understood would result in their peril, the political and administrative response of the government of West Bengal was through ruthless military action and a high voltage media blitzkrieg demonising the people of Lalgarh ably supported by the Central Government under Manmohan Singh and home minister Chidambaram.
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