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Maoists denied permission for Hyderabad meeting

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HYDERABAD, NOV. 10. In a move indicative of the toughening stand of the Government towards the naxalites, the police have decided not to permit the proposed meeting of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on November 16 in the State capital.

The decision to deny permission for a public meeting could have an impact on the second round of talks between the left wing extremists and the Government. Before retreating into the forests after the first round of negotiations, the CPI (Maoist) State secretary, Ramakrishna, announced that the second round of talks could be held after the public meeting at Hyderabad.

Sensitive situation

The Hyderabad Police Commissioner, R.P. Singh, told The Hindu that "so far the Maoists had not applied for permission to hold the meeting." He, however, made it clear that city police were "not likely" to permit the meeting even if they apply in the coming days.

Why deny permission having already permitted one earlier? "Because of the sensitive law and order situation in the wake of recent mysterious blasts in and around city," he explained. When the first meeting of naxals was organised in October, the situation was conducive. It was quiet and peaceful then.

However, the recent blasts and a couple of violent incidents with a communal angle forced the police to take this decision, Mr. Singh said. On earlier occasions also, the police had refused permission for public meetings by naxalites in Karimnagar on November 7 and 9.

In October last, police denied permission to a meeting of the Maoists at Muvvad in Adilabad district initially and later had yielded.

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