Kishenji is alive, assert Maoist leaders

“Not a single state committee, central committee or politbureau member was killed or injured in the encounter with joint forces in Lalgarh on March 24,” the Maoists stated in a faxed message to various media houses here.

The fax came in the wake of the police and the government’s combined effort to project that Kishenji was either grievously injured or killed in the March 24 encounter at Hatiloth forest. The message claimed that police attacked innocent people in villages at Lakhanpur, Salboni,Goaltore and Lalgarh area, killing innocent people.

“By doing so they want to demoralise the people, but they cannot stop the people’s movement,” the fax sent by the Orissa state committee of Maoists said.

The Maoists who claimed responsibility for the killing of ten Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel in Orissa’s Koraput district on Sunday, conceded losing one of their key action squad members Sunil Gorai in an alleged fake encounter with forces.

“It (killing of SOG personnel) is an answer to the deployment of excessive force by the Central Government in Orissa. We will stand by the poor despite brutal attacks and anti-people policies of the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Naveen Patnaik and Shibu Soren governments. They will have to answer the people.”

Red alert

Meanwhile, the authorities in West Bengal on Tuesday sounded a red alert in three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia following the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh.

“We have already sounded high alert in all three Maoists-affected districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia,” state Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh told newsmen here.

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