Maoists are not holy souls: Pinarayi

Maoists are not holy souls: Pinarayi

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Thiruvananthapuram, 04 Nov 2019: Maoists are not “holy souls” and “lambs”, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the State Assembly as he defended the police action in which four suspected ultras were killed and accused the Congress-led UDF of trying to “glorify” them.

Referring to killings of security personnel and farmers by Maoists in States like Chhattisgarh and Bihar, he sought to know if the Opposition United Democratic Front wanted such a situation in Kerala. Replying to a notice for adjournment motion moved by Congress to discuss the killings of the Maoists and arrest of two alleged pro-Maoist student activists of the CPI (M) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, he, however, said the LDF government would not allow the misuse of the law. “The Maoists had not come to surrender. They had shot at the police”, he said referring to the encounter in Attapady, Palakkad district last week in which four ultras were gunned down.

Mr. Vijayan expressed shock over what he said was the “glorification” of the Maoists by the Congress-led UDF. A day after demanding the resignation of Mr. Vijayan over the arrest of two student activists for allegedly distributing pro-Maoists pamphlets under the UAPA, the Opposition front sought to step up pressure by seeking to move the adjournment motion in the Assembly.

Opposing it, Mr. Vijayan said: “The ultras had killed several CRPF personnel, police and farmers in various States, including Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Bihar and the Maoists are being portrayed as holy souls by the UDF. Do you want this situation to come to Kerala?” he asked.