Sampad Mahapatra, NDTV.COM
Saturday, June 10, 2006 (Bhubaneswar):
The Orissa state cabinet has banned the CPI-Maoist and seven other organizations believed to be linked to them under the Criminal Law Amendment Act.
The decision is believed to have been taken to prevent these organisations from fomenting anti-industry and anti-displacement agitations and spreading ultra-left ideology in several parts of the state.
However, leaders of the banned outfits have condemned the move and said they will move the High Court against the ban.
"Earlier the police could not take any action against these people because they were not declared unlawful," said Santosh Kumar, Home Secretary, Orissa.
Daman Pratirodh Manch
Revolutionary Democratic Front
Chasi Mulia Sangh
Jan Natya Mandali
Krantikari Kissan Samiti
"But now if they continue such activities they will face penal action," said Santosh Kumar, Home Secretary, Orissa.
"Those who surrender will be rehabilitated and a rehab package has also been approved by the cabinet," he said.
Leaders of these banned outfits say that it is an attack on the right of people to protest and also goes against the anti-displacement movements in Orissa.
"We will move the High Court against the move that's designed to crush the anti-displacement movements in Kalinga Nagar and elsewhere," said Dandapani Mohanty, leader of Pratirodh Daman Manch.
"It is an attack on the basic democratic rights of the people and we appeal to all democratic forces to raise their voices against it," he said.
The Naxalites have a strong presence in adivasi-dominated areas of southern and western Orissa and the ban will have little or no effect on them.
But the activities of their frontal organisations will be very badly hit and that is exactly what the government is hoping to achieve with this ban.