Government today named Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) led by Delhi University teacher S A R Geelani, who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, as a CPI(Maoist) front organisation.
The reference to CRPP as a Maoist front organisation came in a written reply in Rajya Sabha by Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs.
Admitting that several Left wing extremist organisations, including CPI(Maoist), and their front outfits are active in Delhi, Singh, however, said there were no inputs available to indicate the presence of Naxal sleeper cells in the city.
The minister said the CPI (Maoist) operated in the capital through its Delhi City Committee.
Singh said, besides CPI (Maoist), several other Left wing extremist groups like CPML (New Democracy) as well as CPML- Liberation were active in Delhi.
"Besides, front organisation of CPI (Maoist) like Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, People's Democratic Front of India (PDFI) and (JNU-based) Democratic Students Union (DSU) etc are active in Delhi," Singh said.
CRPP Public Relations Secretary Rona Wilson denied any links with Maoists saying they take up issues of all political prisoners, including those of Muslims, adivasis and Maoists.
"We condemn this linking with Maoists. One cannot be branded like this. It is an attempt to castigate and insult groups who are speaking against the government. It is to create a sense of fear among people," Wilson alleged.
Denying any links with Maoists, RDF's G N Saibaba alleged that the government was trying to impose restrictions on organisations raising voice for people.
"We may have identical political positions on certain issues. It does not mean that we are linked to Maoists. RDF to which I belong does not have any links with Maoists," he said.
DSU's Banajyotsana termed it as "absolutely baseless" the remarks linking the students' body to Maoists saying it was an attempt to brand "genuine voices" in favour of people.
"We are an independent organisation. We do raise issues. Such voices are being branded," Banajyotsana said.
SAR Geelani's CRPP a Maoist Front Organisation: Govt
THE LATEST ISSUE
- BJP's First List Of Candidates Has A Message For Opposition Parties
- BJP Releases First List, PM To Contest From Varanasi, Amit Shah From Gandhinagar
- Two Congress Rebels Find Place In BJP's First List Of Karnataka Candidates
- Will Jet Airways Survive The Financial Turbulence?
- Kashmir Police Shift ‘Custodial Killing’ Probe Case To Pulwama; Extensive Injuries Seen On Body
- The Deteriorating State Of Modern Music
- Tarun Gogoi Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hain
- Kohli Is Already An Era-Defining Genius, Don't Read Further
- With Teni Da's Demise, Comes An End Of An Era In Bengali Films
- New Zealand Massacre: Colonisation, Immigration, And White Man's Victimhood
- Solskjaer’s Magical Case For Manchester United Exceptionalism
- At Least 40 Dead As Overloaded Ferry Sinks In Tigris Near Mosul, Iraq
- Nothing Friendly About 'Friendly Contest' Between NC And Congress In Kashmir
- 'Proud Day For Criminal justice System': Kapil Sibal's Sarcastic Jibe On Samjhauta Blast Case
- 6 Days After Christchurch Attack, New Zealand PM Announces Ban On Assault Rifles
- BJP Largely Sticks To Past Winners In List for Maharashtra
- Chhattisgarh A Hard Fort To Conquer For BJP
- Facebook Admits Storing Passwords In Plain Text
- Two Policemen Injured In Grenade Attack In Jammu And Kashmir's Sopore