Pro-naxal list to be withdrawn, redrawn

DH News Service, Bangalore:
The government would drop the present list containing 33 names and a fresh list would be prepared based on certain guidelines, said Home and Law Minister M P Prakash.

The State government has decided to withdraw the controversial list of persons and organisations supporting naxal activities and to prepare a fresh list, announced Home and Law Minister M P Prakash on Monday.
Talking to reporters in Bangalore, Mr Prakash said the government would drop the present list containing 33 names and a fresh list would be prepared based on certain guidelines.

The individuals and organisations directly or indirectly supporting naxal activities, writing articles in media in favour of naxalism, giving speeches, etc would be part of the guidelines, he added.
The controversial list, in which names of lecturers and other important persons were included, was prepared during 2002-03, the Minister said.

To a query, Mr Prakash said it was not mandatory for the police department to bring to the notice of the home minister while preparing such a list as it was part of a “routine” procedure of maintaining law and order and information gathering.
Referring to burning of a bus by naxals near Agumbe, the Home Minister said that the act was done to protest against killing of a naxal leader in Andhra Pradesh, and the government would initiate suitable action to prevent such incidents in future.

Deccan Herald

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