HT Correspondent, Bhopal, March 23, 2006
GONDWANA GANTANTRA Party (GGP) state president Gulzar Singh Markam today accused Mandla MP Faggan Singh Kulaste of fomenting communal tension in the district in his bid to redeem the lost prestige in the aftermath of the sting operation involving him.
“Kulaste’s men have unleashed a reign of terror in collusion with police. In the three villages where clash between the police and Gondwana Mukti Sena activists occurred recently.
“I have learnt that Bajrang Dal activists are being sent in these villages to provoke tribals for violent clash,” he alleged.
GGP supporters barring women have already fled the villages fearing police repression,” he told the Hindustan Times. Markam alleged that the State Government is deliberately raising the bogey of Naxalism in the district to suppress the GGP as the ruling BJP is fast losing its base and the Congress has already slipped to third position here.
Meanwhile, GGP state president led a dharna at the Roshanpura Square over the incident in Khanera and Bargaon villages in Mandla district and submitted a three-point memorandum to Governor Dr Balram Jakhar. According to the memorandum, the police fired at tribals celebrating Holi on March 16 in Khanera and the next day in Bargaon. Besides, it alleged, that three tribals were run over by a truck.The GGP has demanded a judicial probe into the incidents.