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Rao secret meeting in rebel zone

Jhargram, Sept. 21: Maoist sympathiser and poet Varavara Rao today addressed a gathering in a village deep inside a West Midnapore forest after being denied permission by police to organise a rally in Jhargram town.

Rao, Gautam Navlakha, a representative of the People’s Union of Democratic Rights, and Saroj Giri, a political science professor at Delhi University, took a pebbled road that branched off NH6 to Middyapara village as police were guarding all approach roads to Jhargram town, 8km away.

The trio spent three hours at the village inside Kalabani forest, interacted with members of Maoist frontal organisation Nari Ijjat Banchao Committee and addressed the gathering of 200 people. The residents were asked to “intensify their movement against the state government”.

“You can see how the Trinamul-led government is suppressing the voice of the poor. This government is no different from the Left Front government. All political parties that believe in parliamentary democracy are enemies of the poor people. Now you work out how you will react (to this),” Rao told the gathering.

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