From Secour Rouge
On Wednesday, the Maoist party said the pamphlets threatening journalists were fake and denied responsibility for their distribution. The leaflets threatened journalists with false information about the fighting taking place in Bijapur district, Bastar (Chhattisgarh). The Maoists described the distribution of these conspiracy pamphlets by the government and security forces, claiming that no Maoist organization or unit had anything to do with them “The recently discovered leaflet in the Awapalli region threatening the death journalists have nothing to do with the South Bastar Divisional Committee or the Communist Party of India (Maoist), we would like to make it clear that we have not published these leaflets and that we have no policy in this regard. This is an obvious conspiracy of counter-insurgency groups such as Agni, security forces and government. ”
Condemning the distribution of these false leaflets, the party spokesman said it was an attack on the freedom of expression of the media and an attempt to target the communist campaigns. “Our party has always supported journalists unjustly arrested by the police and we have also condemned the killing of Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore.The Maoists have strongly condemned the recent arrest of journalist Vinod Verma by the government and police of Chhattisgarh on the basis of bad accusations “. The spokesman also urged journalists not to believe such statements on behalf of the Maoists and to try to discover the truth by contacting the guerrillas.