Maoists corroborate home ministers statement- they are down but not out
BIHAR-JHARKHAND BORDERS: Days after union home minister Rajnath Singh cautioned, Maoists are down but not out, the red ultras have come out to prove, what he said was right. Almost repeating the lines of Singh, Bihar Jharkhand special area committee (BJSAC) general secretary Rupesh ji has said that their silence should not be confused with disenchantment of the militia. “It could be a part of our strategy that we are not willing to waste our energy, forces and weapons but apt reply would be given to the security forces if they continue with their repression,” he said.
Speaking at a meeting of the parliamentary consultative committee on home affairs in Delhi Singh on Wednesday said the turmoil in the Naxal ranks was evident from “the literature recovered by security forces and interrogation of LWE cadres”. “But, as it typical with the Maoists, the top leadership of LWE (left wing extremism) is trying hard to overcome the situation.
Talking to TOI in an exclusive interview on Saturday, the chief of, one of the expert strike groups of the Maoists, admitted that they have been facing difficulties in terms of repression by security forces and covert action of state sponsored armed intelligence groups but that has made them even more determined. ” There is no difference between the previous UPA government and the incumbent NDA government as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and home minister Rajnath Singh have teamed up to spread communal fascism in the country. By playing Hindu card they are making efforts to divide the nation and play down upon the Muslim minority which indicates to a dangerous situation,” he said.
Responding to Singh’s statement that government was not ready to hold talks with the Maoists unless they shun violence, Rupesh Ji said that NDA has continued with policies adopted by the previous UPA government.
“These governments want us to put down arms so that the security forces can easily take over the areas rich in mineral reserves and hand them over to corporate houses after driving away the poor and innocent tribals,” he said cautioning them that such efforts would now be handled directly by the villagers. Citing recent example of villagers, in Madanpur area under Aurangabad district of Bihar, who blocked the National Highway (GT road) to protest atrocities meted out to them by CRPF personnel, the BJSAC chief said, similar protests are going to be commonplace all over Jharkhand and Bihar soon.
“Martyrdom of Kalawati Devi and Ramadhan Bhuinya, who were killed in police firing during the protest would not be allowed to go waste and villagers are being trained to rise against the repression of security forces,” he said indicating towards Saranda where mass movement is being planned against the forceful eviction of villages to give mining rights to 19 private companies. “How long the government would succeed if the villagers themselves rise against them (security operations),” he argued.
Security forces destroy 40kg IED planted under road in Jharkhand
Ranchi: A major tragedy was averted on Saturday when security forces defused a 40kg improvised explosive device (IED) cleverly hidden along a key road in Khunti district of Jharkhand. The road was to be used by political workers for participating in an event in the poll-bound state. The recovery of the huge bomb was made at about 11 am by a road opening party of paramilitary CRPF along with state police units which were deployed to sanitise the Naxal affected area between Khunti and Ulihatu village.
“The track was to be used by many people including political workers and leaders as an event was scheduled in Ulihatu village to celebrate the birth anniversary of revolutionary leader Birsa Munda. The day is also celebrated as Jharkhand’s establishment day after it was culled from Bihar in year 2000,” a senior officer said.