KOZHIKODE: Maoists have vowed to carry forward the 'mission' of People's March editor P. Govindan Kutty, who is in judicial custody after he was picked up by the Ernakulam police.
Govindan Kutty is on an hunger strike ever since he was arrested alleging that the police action is an infringement on the freedom of the press.
In a post on December 23, the blogspot maoistmovementinindia. com says, "People's March will never die. It will continue and work against all oppressions."
It gives a chilling warning: "Prisons will break, chains will break same as what happened in Dantewada, Jehanabad, Patna."
Maoistsresistance, another pro-Maoists blog, demands immediate release of Govindan Kutty. "The so-called largest democracy in the world, with a gigantic army, para-military force and police, feels threatened by a monthly magazine with a limited circulation of few thousands."
The Maoists are planning to raise the arrest as a human rights issue. The Revolutionary People's Front (RPF), the frontal organisation of the CPI (Maoist), will stage agitations demanding Govindan Kutty's release.
Ajayan Mannur, RPF state secretary, says the Maoists have their presence in 12 districts in the state. "The RPF is the right hand of the CPI (Maoist), engaged in propagating the ideology of the party among the masses.
It is the state unit of the Revolutionary Democratic Movement (RDF) led by G.N. Saibaba. We will continue to organise people in various agitations" he told this website's newspaper .
He said the Maoist leader Malli Raja Reddy has come to the state for party work. Andhra Police had tried to kidnap him. It was spoiled after our intervention. We have sent fax messages to the Chief Minister and the Home Minister," Ajayan said.
There are indications that the Maoists will throw up resistance if the Andhra Police tried to pick up their comrades from Kerala in future.
"Andhra Police has worst track record in human rights violations. It is second only to the Assam Rifles in this regard," he said.
The Maoists believe that the CPM is nurturing a strong hatred towards them as a fallout of the Nandigram issue.
They say the CPM is settling scores using the arrest of Malli Raja Reddy as a cover. "The Kerala Government wants to nip the bud and stifle all voices of dissent."