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Arrest of CPI(M) activist triggers protest

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CPI(M), CPI and SP to hold demo on June 27

BERHAMPUR: The CPI(M), CPI and the Samajwadi Party cadres would demonstrate in front of the Malkangiri Collectorate on June 27 against the arrest of a CPI(M) activist after being branded as a naxal activist.

Malkangiri district police had arrested 37-year-old CPI(M) activist Raghunath Majhi from the MV 79 village on June 6. The police claimed that he had links with naxals and was the mastermind behind the murder of a BJD leader and lawyer Prabir Mohanty. As per the police he was active with the Maoists’ frontal organisations for the past many years.

But according to State secretariat member of the CPI(M), Ali Kishore Patnaik, who is in-charge of party affairs in south Orissa, the past activities of Raghunath proves that he was active member of the mainstream political party with participation in electoral politics. It may be noted that naxals and naxal sympathisers are opposed to elections and democracy. But Raghunath had contested the last panachayat elections as a candidate for the Malkangiri-1 Zilla Parishad zone.

“Police claim he was in their wanted list but we had posted over 3,000 posters with his photograph during panchayat polls held in February last year,” said Mr Patnaik.

As per the party, Raghunath was falsely implicated as he was fighting against the nexus between traders, touts and officials in remote areas of Malkangiri district. A delegation of CPI(M) leaders has already met the Chief Minister and the Home Minister demanding unconditional release of Majhi.

They have decided to hold demonstration at Malkangiri on June 27 if he is not released till then. The Malkangiri units of the CPI and the Samajwadi party have also extended their support to the agitation of the CPI(M). It will be an eye opener for police in Malkangiri to stop atrocities on political activists under false charges of naxal links due to ulterior motives, said Mr Patnaik.

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