Alleging harassment by police, former Naxalites in Telangana have demanded that the government direct the police to withdraw the cases filed against them.
Speaking at the Telangana Maji-Naxalite Sankshema Sangham meeting here on Sunday, Sangham president and former Janashakti secretariat member Ramachander alias Bhupathi alleged that whenever elections come or some violent incidents take place, police bindover former Naxalites, causing hardship for them and their family members.
The government should put an end to this practice and see that all former Naxalites are rehabilitated properly, he asserted.
“At the time of surrender, the government makes a number of promises and announces benefits. But later it goes back on its promises and starts harassing them. Till now, only 10 percent of the surrendered Naxals have received benefits and the rest are still waiting,” he alleged.
“When we surrendered, we thought we could lead a normal life, but to our dismay, the government is harassing us and not allowing us to live a peaceful life,” he said.
“The government has deceived us and ruined our lives. We have lost the prime time of our life fighting against the system and when we decided to join the mainstream, the government is not allowing us. Because of the government’s anti-people policies, we have joined the Naxal movement and again because of the government’s assurance we gave up arms, and now when we want to be part of the society the government was keeping us away, and torturing us mentally and physically”, he alleged.
He demanded that the government should rehabilitate all the former Naxalites and provide suitable source of livelihood to them. Around 30 former Naxalites took part in the meeting.