21 June, 2021

“We’re With The Report Filed By The State. People Can Say Anything.”

Union home secretary on the killing of Maoist ideologue Azad.

“We’re With The Report Filed By The State. People Can Say Anything.”
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Union home secretary G.K. Pillai has been in the hot seat for some time now. In this interview to Chandrani Banerjee, he answers questions surrounding the killing of Maoist ideologue Azad. Was he killed in an encounter as the police claim or was Azad killed at point-blank range in a well-planned execution?

Swami Agnivesh, among others, claims that the Andhra Pradesh police killed Azad, who was carrying a message of peace from the Centre to the Maoist leadership...

I don’t think so. Azad’s 10-page message before his death shows that he was not carrying any message of peace. He was raving again about the old Maoist ideology of arms revolution. See, in a parliamentary democracy, we don’t stand   for an armed revolution. What are the issues? There are developmental issues, tribal issues, but they are to be discussed. There are legal solutions, political solutions. There are issues of implementation. Nobody is saying the government is perfect. In fact, in many remote areas,...

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