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Maoists threaten Jharkhand deputy chief minister April 9, 2007

Posted by naxalwatch in Threats.
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Apr 9, 2007, 11:00 GMT

Ranchi, April 9 (IANS) Maoist rebels have threatened Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister Sudhir Mahto with dire consequences unless he stops his anti-Maoist speeches.

The letter by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) reached Mahto Sunday.

It says: ‘Stop spreading wrong information about us otherwise you will face the music. Your aim and motive are clear to people. However, we feel it is right to challenge your statements and warn you against letting loose a barrage of lies cooked up on the diktats of corporate houses, native and foreign, and the landed gentry in order to cover the failures of your government.’

It goes on to say: ‘How can you justify the wealth amassed by the slain Lok Sabha MP Sunil Mahto. Sunil took birth in a poor family and became a millionaire.’

The Maoists also warned the minister to stop supporting village defence committees, or be ready to face the ire of the CPI-Maoist.

‘The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leaders have become dalals (middle men). You (JMM) claim to be a party for the common people which is a big lie and you are involved in making money and nothing else.’

The deputy chief minister retorted: ‘Only if anyone loves a person, should one write a letter.’

‘There is no question of initiating talks with Maoist rebels. If they are ready to join the mainstream of society then the government will respond in a positive way,’ said the JMM leader.

Meanwhile, village defence committee members held a meeting at Jamshedpur on Sunday to pay homage to slain JMM MP Sunil Mahto. They reiterated their stand to do ‘sendra’ (kill) Maoists. The meeting was held in spite of the threat by Maoist rebels

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