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Clear air on talks: CPI

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, MARCH 11. The CPI State secretary, S. Sudhakar Reddy, has asked the Government to come out with a clear policy on resumption of peace talks with naxalites.Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Sudhakar Reddy voiced concern over the spurt in violence in the recent past by the police and the naxalites. Repeated pleas from civil rights activists, the citizen's forum and others to observe restraint had been completely ignored by both sides, he said.

Law and order was the responsibility of the Government and it should come out with a clear policy. He said both sides should exercise restraint. Killings from both sides should stop immediately.

He demanded action against police officers, if they were found to have ignored the directions of the Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, for conducting post-mortem of the slain Maoist naxalites under the observation of a judge.

Power plant row

Mr. Sudhakar Reddy said an expert committee and an all-party delegation should visit the site of the proposed mini -hydel power plant near the Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme (RDS) in Karnataka. If the interests of the State were affected, the Congress Government should not hesitate to write to Karnataka, seeking a halt to construction of the power plant.

Lawyers seek probe

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Committee of All-India Lawyers' Union demanded a judicial enquiry into the Manala encounter, which it feels, is "fake." B.V. Ramana Reddy, president, and K. Satyanarayana, general secretary, in a statement here on Friday called upon the Government to treat the extremist problem as a socio-economic one and create suitable atmosphere for holding talks.

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