Mediators criticise Maoists for killing people

Bhubaneswar: Mediators who played a crucial role during hostage crisis in state involving the then Malkangiri collector, on Sunday condemned the recent killing of five persons by the ultras.

In a statement here, the mediators Prof G Hargopal and Dandapani Mohanty requested the Maoists to refrain from taking the path of violence which would hamper implementation of their 14-point agreement reached with the state government.

Though delayed, the government had started working on the demands made by the Maoists while releasing the then Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna.

Five top Maoists including Ganti Prasadam and Padma wife of top guerrilla Ramkrishna were released. The government had also withdrawn cases against tribals including Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) leader Nachika Linga.

"Therefore, at this juncture killing of people will affect the peace process", the mediators said.

They also held the government responsible for carrying out combing operation in violation of the agreement.

They requested both the parties – the Maoists and the government – to maintain restraint and work for creating an atmosphere of peace.

The ultras had killed five persons, including two policemen, in separate attacks in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts during the last four days.