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Naxals are fighters not terrorists: Om Puri

Last updated on: May 18, 2012 17:42 IST

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Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri, who drew flak for his controversial comments against parliamentarians, landed himself in another row by calling Naxals "fighters not terrorists".

The 61-year-old actor, who is in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, to shoot for Prakash Jha's Chakravyuh, said Naxalites were fighters who did not trouble the common man.

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Puri said that Naxalites kidnapped Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon because he supported the social system against which they are fighting.

"They (Naxals) are not terrorists because they don't resort to irresponsible acts of terror by planting bombs on the streets. Naxals are fighters who fight for their rights. They don't harass the common man and the poor," Puri told media persons on Thursday evening.

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This is not for the first time that the actor has landed himself in trouble.

He was slapped with a privilege motion after making derogatory remarks against politicians at the Ramlila maidan in New Delhi during social activist Anna Hazare's campaign for Jan Lokpal in August last year only to apologise later.

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