Communist movement has weakened: MCP
IMPHAL, January 17: After the pioneering work laid down by Lamyanba Hijam Irabot, Communists groups that took to arms and others that did not, have become puppets as there was no subsequent movement for the welfare of the peasantry, stated the Maoist Communist Party. In a press statement, the MCP stated that a glaring example of the assertion is that none of the Communist groups in Manipur or other concerned organizations have aired their protest over the abduction of three poor laborers and their supervisor from Singda Dam by unidentified persons. Those organizations that had come up to follow the footsteps of Lamyanba Irabot should always keep in their minds his cherished dream to build a sovereign nation based on egalitarian beliefs.
Mere pretense in order to appear sincere, hectic activities and observations in the month September, and random distribution of seeds with the assistance of ‘parasitic’ officers of the state agriculture department cannot be regarded as following the path of the leader, the press statement said. Many drivers had been taken as hostage for ransom by armed persons, others were killed in incident like the RIMS massacre and fishermen were used as human shields in Ningthoukhong, it added. Different communist parties have conspicuously responded with silence during those incidents and their behaviors cannot be termed as supporting the ideologies of Lamyanba Irabot, it contended.
On the other hand, the armed groups of communists have donned the role of armed revisionist parties and became extortionist and visionless drifters who are despised by the public. Communist leaders who have treaded the path of electoral politics are selling the name of Lamyanba Irabot for their benefits, it charged. Manipur is a fertile ground for communism and there are countless adherents to the communist philosophy from Sekmai to Sugnu and from Lamlai to Kumbi, it added asserting that the socialist movement has suffered due to the misguidance of groups formed in the name of Lamyanba Irabot.
The party asked the comrades whether they had ever come across help given by such groups to farmers during the time of natural calamities and crop failure. It surmised that the existing communists have abandoned the teachings of Lamyanba Irabot and forsaken the ideologies of Marxism. National liberation can be a reality only when a communist party based on Marxism comes into existence and MCP will set forth to establish a political alliance of communist parties based on particular issues under the model of People’s Progressive Front, the party announced. It invited followers of Lamyanba Irabot and believers in communism to be a part of the venture.
8 arrested, police probe ‘deal’ between Maoists, mining firms
Two years after police in Dantewada accused Essar of paying extortion money to Maoists, the Chhattisgarh police on Friday said middlemen allegedly acting for large companies had held meetings with the rebels to negotiate the lifting of a de facto ban imposed by them on mining in the region. Police claimed the middlemen paid large sums of ‘facilitation’ money to the Maoists, besides supplying them with mobile phones and laptops allegedly purchased from a prominent electronics goods store in Raipur.
The Maoists’ urban network, police said, also involved government contractors, petty traders and local sarpanches. According to the police, the middlemen, besides liaisoning between the companies and Maoists, had managed to grab a majority of government contracts in Kanker, and gave a cut to the rebels — a claim that questions the sanctity of the entire development work undertaken by the government in the region.
The Chhattisgarh SIB has arrested eight people over the last two days, including the alleged lynchpins, Kanker-based PWD contractor Neeraj Chopra and his uncle Dharmendra Chopra. The latter man was arrested on Friday evening at Raipur airport, allegedly while trying to escape in the vehicle of a BJP Member of Parliament. The police named two large mining companies in connection with the investigation, but said their specific involvement was still not clear. Both companies hold iron ore mining leases in Kanker, but are hardly able to extract any mineral because of the Maoist ban.
“These mines are not yet functional. A PWD contractor called A D Rao brought two persons from Andhra Pradesh. Neeraj introduced them to Maoist leader Prabhakar in the forest for opening up the mines. The deal was yet to be completed,” ADG (Intel) Mukesh Gupta told The Indian Express. “We do not yet know if the companies were directly involved in negotiations with Maoists, or some other contractors or middlemen held the talks. This is a matter of investigation,” Gupta said. According to the police, the Chopras and their associates also facilitated the stay of Maoists in urban Chhattisgarh, transported their arms, and acted as couriers for them. “Neeraj is very close to Prabhakar. He gave huge amounts to Maoists on various occasions, including Rs 15 lakh, Rs 25 lakh and Rs 20 lakh.
At least eight cases have come to our notice in which they aided Maoists in committing crimes,” the ADG said. The arrests recall the Essar-Maoist payoffs case of September 2011, when the Dantewada police arrested an Essar GM and its contractor for allegedly supplying funds to Maoists. The police inquiry, however, fizzled out. Gupta said on Friday: “There is pressure on the police team. Kuchh policewaalon ke saath kuchh len-den ki bhi baat ho rahi hai (There is some talk that some policemen have cut deals). I want to clarify that we will deal with this case in a very strict manner.”
Traders down shutters over arrests
BERHAMPUR: Traders in Kandhamal’s Kotagarh on Friday shut the market in protest against the arrest of two persons in the area by police for their alleged links with Maoists on Thursday. Manoj Kumar Sabat, 31, and Dhaneswara Badaseth, 38, the contractors were arrested from Kalitota forest after an encounter with the Red rebels.
Police said a bag seized from duo contained Maoist literature and medicines. “They had gone to the forest to hand over medicines to the ultras,” said SP (Kandhamal) Kanwar Vishal Singh. Traders, however, said they were innocent and no link with the ultras and demanded their unconditional release . Security forces spotted three persons on the spot after the gunbattle. While one fled, Sabat and Badaseth were caught.