Naxals’ targeting tanta-mukti committee breeds fear

NAGPUR: The latest murder of Rama Korke Madavi, in his thirties, at Pattigaon in Aheri taluka earlier this week underlined the threat that the Tanta-Mukhti committee members and office-bearers are facing from the Naxals. Tanta-mukhti committees in every village, a concept implemented at the behest of the state home and guardian minister for Gadchiroli RR Patil few years ago, had been constituted with the aim of resolving petty issues and settle them amicably without resorting legal recourse at police station or at courts.

Earlier, the rebels had eliminated president of such a committee Gajanan Madavi at Jaravandi village in Aheri taluka on May 31 last month. It was also learnt the Naxals had urged several Tanta-mukti members and office bearers to vacate their posts. They have also warned some of the members of Tanta-mukti committees of dire consequences for the complaints of corruption against them. It has been also learnt that several members of the Tanta-mukhti committee at Repanpalli has vacated their post in South Gadchiroli. At different other places, it has come to fore that the committee’s work has become irregular following the Naxals’ threat against such system coming to fore.

Security agencies are now trying to find out whether the targeting of the tanta-mukhti committee had any possible link to the malpractices that a targeted member may be involved in. Rama Korke was learnt to be extorting money from the contractors in the name of the Naxals. It was learnt that Madavi, who was shot dead, had been already staying at a different place knowing about the Naxal threat on him while his family members continued to live in Jimulgatta. A section of the security agencies feel that the Naxals’ objective of targeting the Tanta-mukti committee may be also to overthrow the system of the government recognized local bodies which settled disputes. Resolving local issues and settling the disputes through the ‘jan adalats’ or masses’ court had been regular practice of the rebels who had almost monopoly over such system in their strongholds. It was also learnt that the local tribal population often referred their disputes to the Naxals too who settled the matters.

“The Naxals may be also feeling threatened seeing the domain of administering crude justice is gradually slipping away from their grip. Through such practices of settling disputes the Naxals maintained their dominations and also often took advantage of such situations,” said a senior source from the security agencies.
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