Reds claim responsibility for Lohardaga blasts

RANCHI: Maoists retaliated with operation green hunt break’ to govt’s operation green hunt’. In a chilling communique three days after the gruesome Lohardaga blasts on Tuesday, the rebels have claimed responsibility for the carnage on Dhardharia hills that killed 11 security personnel and injured 54 others.

A release issued by the Bihar, Jharkhand North Chhatisgarh special area military commission (BJNCG-SAMC) of the CPI (Maoist) on Friday said the attack, termed as “the operation green hunt break”, was aimed at taking revenge for police atrocities that included killing of cadres in alleged fake encounters and arrest of some of the key members of the organization.

“Under the guidance of Congress-led Union government, different state governments have unleashed a reign of terror against the revolutionaries fighting against capitalism, corrupt bureaucracy, feudalism and imperialism in the name of operation green hunt’,” BJNCG-SAMC spokesperson Tufan said in a written statement on Friday. “When the democratic rights of people were subverted by armed security forces of state and Union government, we had no option but to pick arms and protect our revolution,” the release read.

Enumerating instances of police atrocities in the past, the press communiqu’ read Bihar police arrested seven people in Shitgaon village under Barsoi police station of Katihar district on April 28, following which they were allegedly subjected to torture.Those arrested by Bihar police include central committee members Varanasi Subramanyam alias Sushant alias Srikant alias Vimal Da, Vijay Kumar Arya alias Amar alias Yashpal and Pulendu Shekhar Mukherjee alias Saheb, one BJSAC member Abhimanyualias Umesh Yadav alias Rajendra, one sub-zonal committee member Norwelal Choudhary alias Suraj Da and two local people Shyamji Rishi and Anniruddha Rishi.

The release claimed, the security personnel under attack in the jungles of Shahi Ghati under Senha police station of Lohardaga district on Tuesday, were heading to attack a PLGA troop on basis of tip off from a spy.

Accusing the state and Union government for compelling them to attack the policemen, one of the senior Maoist leaders said operation green hunt break will continue unless the government withdraws war against its own people. The release also appealed to policemen to join the PLGA instead of working for the state machinery, while admitting the Tuesday encounter was fierce and tough for the rebels as well.

“Number of security forces that came as reinforcement was larger than our expectation. Still there was no casualty on our part. We, however, failed to seize arms of the securitymen in the operation,” said one of the senior Bihar Jharkhand simant regional committee leaders.

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