CPI (Maoist) admits desertion by party cadres
“To get benefits of rewards and promotion, security forces are attacking villages and arresting Tribals, non-Tribal activists and youths and declaring them as Maoists,” a Maoist leader claimed.
The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has admitted that its cadres are deserting the party and are getting attracted towards the “bankrupt” surrender policy employed by the government. “It is true that some of our ‘weak’ cadres are getting attracted towards the bankrupt and corrupt surrender policy of the government and laying down their arms,” Gudsa Usendi, the spokesperson of the Danda Karanya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) of the CPI (Maoist), said in a press statement .
The Maoist statement has come in the wake of a spate of alleged Maoist surrenders in Bastar region of Chhhattisgarh. “The revolutionary public term those who surrender before police as enemies of people. The revolutionary public hates such people. When such people are coming back to their villages, they have to face people’s ire,” claimed the DKSZC spokesperson citing the example of surrendered former Mad Divisional Committee member of CPI(Maoist) Navin. “When Navin went back to his Dhanora village in Narayanpur district along with the police, hundreds of villagers surrounded the police station and protested against him,” said Gudsa Usendi and termed the current surrender policy of Chhattisgarh as “an earning opportunity” for senior police and paramilitary officers posted in the State.
“Under this surrender policy, hundreds of crores of rupees of un-auditable funds are being given to the police and paramilitary officials, which is leading to criminalization of security forces in conflict areas. The government has also declared internal rewards and promotions for security forces. To get the benefits of rewards and promotion, security forces are increasingly attacking villages and arresting Tribals, non-Tribal activists and youths and declaring them as Maoists,” contended the Maoist leader. Accusing Chhattisgarh police of “threatening and forcing” people to surrender, Gudsa Usendi said that the police propaganda through print and electronic media on surrenders and arrests was an attempt to “defame” the Maoist party and to put “psychological pressure” on Maoist ranks, which might lead to confusion.
Gudsa Usendi pointed out that Chhattisgarh police’s propaganda on surrenders was a part of a Low Intensity Warfare, which the government employed against the Maoist PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerilla Army), Janatana Sarkars (Maoist Village level organizations) and other party wings. “As a part of this Low Intensity Warfare, the anti-displacement activists and those who opposed paramilitary camps are also being arrested and declared as Maoists carrying rewards of lakhs on their heads. The people who left the party over the years for personal and family reasons are being captured and shown as dreaded Maoists,” contended the DKSZC spokesperson.
The Maoist leader cited the example of Sita from Chirabai village in Barsoor area of Dantewada district who was a member of the PLGA’s Battalion No. 2. “Sita had left our party in June this year and went back to a village to spend a peaceful life. The police forced her to surrender by threatening her father. Police officers told the media that she carried a reward of Rs.8 Lakh on her head. But she was given a meager Rs.5000,” he added while claiming that there were “hundreds” of cases like the Sita’s. The Maoist’s spokesperson also claimed that “attacking villages, nabbing people between the age group of 20 to 45 and pressurizing them to become SPO (Special Police Officer) or surrender” was an integral part of Chhattisgarh government’s new surrender policy.
“Those who refuse are being arrested and implicated in false cases. Some of them are being killed in fake encounters,” said Gudsa Usendi and appealed to every cadre in every rank in CPI (Maoist) to “oppose this surrender policy and fight for revolution and real independence till the end”. He also claimed the Communist Party of India and the Congress party had already raised questions over the spate of surrenders in Chhattisgarh. The Maoists also appealed to journalists to travel to these parts and expose the “hollowness” of the surrender policy and asked the human rights organizations to openly oppose the “unconstitutional and criminal” surrender policy of the government.
Maoists call for revival of ‘war’ in Telangana
Charging the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government with anti-people policies, the CPI (Maoist) has called for revival of war against the government, indicating the end of six-month long peace since the formation of the new state. The outlawed party accused the Telangana government of partnering with its neighbouring state Chhattisgarh in killing their cadres in fake encounters. They said the Telangana government was harassing poor tribals and revolutionary organisations. “The Telangana government has unleashed terror in the tribal hamlets through heavy deployment of paramilitary forces,” said a three-page statement signed by its General Secretary Ganapathi and released to the press.
The letter calls upon the people to rebel against the government. The letter listed out the failures of the TRS government since the formation of the new state in June and accused Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of behaving like a “dictator” by muzzling the voice of dissent and curbing the rights of the media and people’s organisations. The Maoists alleged that the police attacks have increased in several Telangana districts. “The government is spending crores of rupees on modernisation of its police force only to suppress the people’s movements. In the garb of heightened threat perception, it has spent Rs 100 crore to procure bullet-proof vehicles to the ministers,” the statement in Telugu said. The top Maoist leader’s warning comes against the backdrop of growing fears that Maoists will try to wrest back their old clout in the northern Telangana districts after the division of the state.
Once these districts were hot bed of Naxalite activities, so much so that the ultra left extremist units were in a position to run parallel administration. However, the Y S Rajasekhara Reddy government succeeded in weeding them out and eroding their support base. Several of their top leaders were eliminated in police operations while many others surrendered. The persistent police action has made the Maoist leadership shift its base to north coastal Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa. The letter further holds the TRS government responsible for the unabated farmer suicides in the state. “The KCR’s government remained a mute spectator to the suicides of 400 farmers and even tried to blame us for the crisis. The government also turned a blind eye to the mining mafia in Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts,” it said.
Bombs Found in Forest
ROURKELA: Jharkhand security forces found two claymore bombs weighing 25 kg each in Maoist-infested Saranda forest in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, about 22 km away from Sundargarh border. In the run-up to Jharkhand Assembly election, the CRPF and police were jointly conducting combing operation when they came across the bombs in forest routes near Thalkobad under Chhota Nagar police limits. The Maoists had pasted posters at different areas in West Singhbhum district appealing to the voters to boycott the election to be held on December 2.
A total of nine cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were arrested during an anti-insurgency operation by a team of 123rd, 140th and 146th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) stationed at Koyalibeda, from the forested patch of the villages of Maalmeta, Kutul and Pushawahi in Kanker District on November 28, reports The Pioneer. Those arrested have been identified as Santu Mandavi (30), Santosh Usendi (32), Chain Singh Netam (30), Vishram Nureti (35), Devraj Darro (47), Heera Singh (26), Raisingh Nureti (30), Godwa Ram (36) and Bhanuram (27).