World Bulletin / News Desk
The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have had a plan to kidnap two deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) following their kidnapping and release of Hüseyin Aygün, a deputy from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
According to intelligence reports quoted by the Akşam daily on Aug. 29, the PKK was planning to kidnap this time Hüseyin Çelik, deputy chairman of the AK Party, and Cuma İçten, an AK Party deputy from Diyarbakır.
The daily reports that it was the PKK's Fehman Hüseyin, codenamed Bahoz Erdal, who ordered the PKK members to do more activities that would cause an uproar in the society.
Turkish intelligence units have informed the security units in the 81 provinces that the PKK was planning to kidnap Çelik and İçten, who were also informed about the plan to kidnap them.
İçten told the daily that he was warned by the PKK a couple of weeks ago. İçten said that the PKK was worried because he was telling people in Diyarbakır that the PKK is a terrorist organization.
“We are knocking on every door in the province. We are working and the BDP [pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party] cannot catch up with us. First, I did not ask for security to protect me, but then the latest intelligence seemed really serious. I will get protection,” he told the daily.
The CHP had called for an emergency session of Parliament after the kidnapping of its deputy Aygün, but Çelik had said at the time that they should not act in ways to allow the PKK to gain prominence on Turkey's agenda.
The daily also reports that the intelligence units mention the PKK's success in its propaganda by kidnapping Aygün and now wants to repeat the same success by kidnapping deputies from the AK Party.
CHP deputy Aygün, who was kidnapped and held hostage for two days by PKK militants in early August, is a popular politician in Tunceli. He attracted some ire when he said he had been treated well by seven militants, who he said were very respectful. A number of government members and other deputies, including those of his own party, accused him of spreading propaganda in favor of the PKK.
On the other hand, it is clear the militant group did not expect such a strong public reaction, as shown after Aygün's abduction. Thousands, including pro-Kurdish civil society groups as well as members of the BDP -- which has been accused of having links to the PKK -- gathered to protest Aygün's abduction, shortly after which the PKK announced he was going to release the deputy immediately after the “detention procedure” was completed.
The PKK has in the past kidnapped prominent businessmen, village guards and soldiers.Last Mod: 29 Ağustos 2012, 17:41