Maoist claim government going hi-tech to target them in Chattisgarh

BHOPAL: Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has claimed that hi-tech preparations were being made by the governments and the Army in tribal Bastar region in Chhattisgarh, to supress the revolutionary movement.

In a 17-page detailed paper, highlighting various issues pertaining to the “Peoples’ movement” in Dandakaranya region in general and tribal Bastar region in particular, the Maoists said unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones manufactured in US and Israel are also being used on a vast scale in the region.

Alleging that the UAVs were being used for suppression of the peoples’ movement, the outlawed CPI(Maoist) has condemed its usage continuing its tirade against presence of Army in tribal Bastar region in Chhattisgarh . It also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for extending its support to the UPA government at the centre and favouring deployment of Army.

“The UAVs take real time images, find out about the guerrillas’ movements and their camps on the ground and send the data to the control room and in turn they are sent immediately to the forces participating in operations through modern devices”, the paper said adding that small UAVs named ‘Netra’ that run on rechargeable batteries are carried and used by the forces during the operations.

It claimed that 1800 new mobile towers were being built in the Maoist movement areas. A Regional Navigation Satellite System is being established under the direction of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Claiming that all these resemble war preparations, the Maoists’ paper explained in detail their point of view regarding the presence of Army in tribal Bastar region. The rebels described the government claims a facade. The paper further pointed out that the troops’ presence in Bastar was not just for training, alleging that it was an excuse to cover up preparations for war against revolutionaries.

The rebels also blamed the centre for extending support to Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh, ruled by the BJP, by deploying security forces in the tribal areas.

The Maoist paper did not spare that left parties—the Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India (Marxist)—saying that these parties were not unequivocally condemning the ‘War on People’ and not demanding categorically that the deployment of Army must be stopped.


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