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Maoists must abjure violence: HM
Published on 23 Oct. 2009 11:39 PM IST
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: The Centre can advice the state governments to talk to Maoists if the ultras abjure violence, home minister P Chidambaram said on Friday. “CPI (Maoist) must abjure violence. They have to abjure violence and then we can work out the process (of talks) and then we will advice the state governments to talk to them. “We can help the state governments to talk to them. But first they have to abjure violence,” he said on the sidelines of the 48th raising day of ITBP. On terror funding, he said, “You can’t have a plan to restrict terror funding. We have tracked three to four cases where we suspect funds have been used to finance the terrorists. They are under investigation. I can’t disclose anything more”. Asked about the quitting of a judge in Pakistan dealing with the Mumbai attacks cases, Chidambaram shot back, “Why are you surprised? I am not surprised”. Maoists threaten to kill Hindu cleric in Orissa A Hindu cleric in Orissa Friday said he received a letter from Maoist guerrillas, threatening to kill him like they killed Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. Swami Arupananda, president of the Nikhil Utkal Math-Mandiradhish Sevasangha, said he has informed the state police authorities about the letter and sought protection. Security has been beefed up around the house of Swami Arupananda after the threat to his life, police inspector Tapan K Mohanty told an agency. “I have received the letter in Oriya recently through post. They have said they will kill me the way they killed Swami Laxamananda Saraswati,” Arupananda said. VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his aides were killed August 23 last year in Kandhamal district allegedly by Maoist rebels, triggering communal violence in Orissa. 5 Maoists arrested in Chhattisgarh Five members of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were arrested in a hamlet in Chhattisgarh’s southern restive area of Bijapur, police here said Friday. The arrests were made late Thursday by a police team led by district superintendent of police, Avinash Mohanty, in the hamlet amid the forests of Jungla, about 500 km from here. “All the five arrested Maoists had been actively involved in several major attacks in the district in the recent past; we were looking for them desperately,” Mohanty said over phone. Police recovered explosives and Maoist literature from them. Bijapur is a part of the vast Bastar region. Police say about 1,500 people were killed in the state since 2004 in Maoist violence; 90% of the casualties were reported from Bastar, spread out over 40,000 sq km.

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