Maoists’ poll manifesto promises death for rapists
RANCHI: Instead of issuing a poll boycott appeal, CPI (Maoists), who have been demanding recognition as a political party and struggling to get a ban on their organization removed, have come up with their ‘short-term vision’ document, appealing to the masses to decide if they want “real democracy” or go ahead with the existing “pseudo-democratic system” by casting their franchise to form the 16th Lok Sabha. “Dismantling the patriarchal and male dominated socio-legal structure, we propose to give equal socio-economic rights to women in the country, thereby making death penalty compulsory for molestation and rape.” This forms a part of the four-page manifesto released by the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), a copy of which is with the TOI.
In the manifesto, Sanket, spokesperson of the Eastern Regional Bureau of the CPI (Maoists), stated his party’s stand in dealing with various issues like agriculture, industrialization, environment, the concept of secularism, and relations with neighbouring countries. Calling for a new Constitution to be framed to guarantee freedom of speech and expression, right to congregate and protest, right to form an organization , right to primary health care, right to access to primary education, right to access to primary and minimum employment and compulsory participation in daily governance system, the manifesto also underlines code of foreign relation based on five principles.
Close to the concept of ‘panchsheel’ (the five principles of peaceful coexistence) as adopted by the Indian Union, the Maoists have proposed to build regional integrity and respect to mutual sovereignty, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in internal matters, equality and mutual benefit and peaceful co-existence with the neighbouring countries. The manifesto recognizes and respects all forms of separatist movements in various parts of the country and promises not to suppress them with the power of the gun of the ‘state’. “Our concept of neo-democracy does not believe in forcing the nationalist movements to be a part of the Indian Union. Our state would honour nationalist movements and self-decision to allow them dignified and peaceful co-existence,” the manifesto reads.
Blaming the existing ‘pseudo-democratic’ system for price rise and increasing divide between the rich and the poor in the country, the manifesto quotes the Arjun Sengupta Committee Report to claim that 77% of the population is living below poverty line. “On one hand, the poor cannot spend even Rs.20 a day, while on the other people like Mittal, Jindal, the Ambani brothers, Tata, Birla, Narayan Murthy and G M Rao are getting richer to be included in the list of richest people on the globe,” the release attached to the manifesto reads. The Maoists have also blamed “faulty” economic policies – which are based on the concept of imperialism-driven liberalisation-globalisation-privatisation regime – for hoarding of black money and rising prices of essential commodities.
Two tiffin bombs recovered, Maoist hand suspected
Two tiffin bombs, suspected to be planted by Maoists to target security forces during upcoming Lok Sabha elections, were found at separate places in the insurgency-hit region of Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday. “A tiffin-bomb of 20 kgs was found on a road under Daundi police station limits of Balod district this afternoon,” Superintendent of Police Ramgopal Garg said. A joint party of Chhattisgarh Armed Force and teams of district force from Balod and Rajnandgaon districts was on a combing exercise along the inter-district border when they located the tiffin box containing an improvised explosive device (IED) placed under a road near Katreli village of the region, about 150 kms from Raipur.
Hardcore Maoist held in Bihar
Munger: A hardcore Maoist was arrested on Thursday from Kharagpur police station area in Bihar’s Munger district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a hide-out and nabbed the hardened Maoist, identified as Manoj Yadav, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Barun Kumar Kumar Sinha said.Yadav was wanted in connection with more than a dozen incidents of Naxal-related violence in the district, he said. He had escaped from Bhimbundh jungle during a massive combing and search operation by the security forces two months ago, the SP said, adding the wanted ultra was being interrogated for his involvement in various incidents. PTI
Maoist threat disrupts Malkangiri campaign
KORAPUT: Electioneering is yet to pick up in Malkangiri district because of Maoist threat, with barely a week left for the polls. While villages lack the enthusiasm usually associated with an election, the situation in urban areas is hardly any better. Prior to the poll process, the Maoists, through a large number of posters, called for a poll boycott. The rebels had threatened the panchayat representatives to stay away from poll process and not canvass for any candidate or party.
The district’s vehicle owners had also been warned of dire consequences if they used vehicles to campaign in the area. Sources said Maoists rule half of the 108 gram panchayats unopposed in Malkangiri, as no one dares to disobey them. Last week, two BSF jawans were injured in a landmine explosion triggered by the rebels, clearly challenging the security forces at a time when the anti-Naxalite operations have been intensified.
CRPF report reveals nexus between JDU, Naxals for electoral gains
New Delhi: CNN-IBN has accessed a CRPF report which hints at a possible link between Naxals and politicians in Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The report says that Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhury sought support of Naxal leaders for Lok Sabha elections. The report claims that Chaudhary, who is the Janata Dal United’s candidate from Jamui, met Naxal leader Sidhu Koda recently and sought his support for his candidature. According to the CRPF report, the Naxals assured Chaudhary of support. The report quoted top Maoist leaders and businessmen with Naxal links to back the claims.
Hours before Rajnath’s rally, Maoist nabbed in Jamui
Few hours before BJP president Rajnath Singh was to address a rally along with LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan in Jamui, the police arrested a Maoist on the charge of trying to plant a landmine at Barhat police station area of the district, 12 kms from the rally venue at Jamui Chowk. The BJP president’s rally was scheduled at Jamui at 3.30 pm on Thursday. The man was arrested after the Maoist, identified as Adhik Yadav, went to a doctor for treatment after sustaining injuries in an accidental blast while trying to plant the landmine.
Police got the tip off and nabbed the Maoist from the doctor’s clinic late Wednesday night. Jamui SP Jitendra Rana said that on the basis of Adhik’s interrogation, police later raided a place in village Bhaluka under Barhat police station and recovered two detonators and large quantity of Maoist pamphlets for poll boycott. “he admitted that he was trying to plant the landmine and it went off,” said the SP.
Maoists regrouping in Jangalmahal to disrupt elections
Maoists are regrouping in tribal Jangalmahal area of Bankura ahead of the Lok Sabha polls to disrupt elections, Bankura superintendent of police Mukesh Kumar said today. A large cache of arms, suspected to belong to the Maoists, were seized by the joint force from Valukchira forest of Sarenga in Jangalmahal on Tuesday night, he said. The 66 CRPF Battalion during the search in the forest seized one carbine which was found buried in the ground, besides 900 cartridges, eight detonators, 25 gelatin sticks, five .315 rifles, 10 indigenous guns, one double barrel gun and one grenade, he said. A wanted Maoist Gorkha Singh Sardar hailing from Belpahari in neighbouring West Midnapore district was arrested on March 30 from Barikul in Bankura district. Sardar, alleged to have been involved in a number of subversive activities, was sent to police custody for five days.