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CIVIL LIBERTIES CPI(M): Peddling Myths M S S Pandian The murderous activities of these lumpen naxalitcs are sought to be given a respectable garb by some civil liberties organisations run by such personalities as Tarkunde and Rajni Kotari and their Andhra counterparts, Kannabiran and Balagopal. At the Andhra level, naxalites running civil liberties organisations raise a hue and cry about repression of naxalites, but condone and sup port the butchery by naxalites. While every democrat is genuinely concerned about the defence of civil liberties in the country, the sham platform of civil liberties which covets up the murderous activities of the naxalites is actually murdering civil liberties. They also provide the state with the justification for further repressive laws. There can be no defence of the murderous and antisocial activities. Unless these elements arc isolated and exposed, civil liberties cannot be protected. THE above quotations, but for the odd sentence referring to repressive laws, will give one the impression that they are taken from some pep talk given by N T Rama Rao to enthuse the lawless policemen of Andhra Pradesh. But these quotes are in fact from a report published in People's Democracy, the official organ of CPI(M), dated November 24, 1985. The immediate provocation for these declamations and wholesale condemnation of the civil liberties organisations was an attack on the CPI(M) functionaries in the Bhadrachalam division of Khammam district on November 5, allegedly by naxalites belonging to "Kondapalli Radical group".

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