Raipur, 21 April. Dejected, worn out, and cornered at a strategically crucial phase of its war against the state, the leadership of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has appealed to all the political parties of India to protest the ‘drone attacks’ by security forces on their hideouts in restive Bastar region of southern Chhattisgarh.
The baffling revelation comes in the backdrop of a Maoist ambush on 3 April which claimed the lives of 23 CRPF and DRG jawans. Given the fact that the difficult terrain has been home to several primitive tribes, the union government hitherto has been skeptical of using modern and more destructive warfare against the guerillas such as the droning and aerial bombing in this severely Naxal infested region. Hyper nationalist across the country have been baying for blood after every such major assault on security forces by the rebels.
Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee spokesperson Vikalp claimed that the central and the Chhattisgarh state government bombarded their hideouts in, Bautalanka and Palagudem villages near Pamed in Bijapur district. The security forces dropped 12 bombs and bombarded their bases, however, they did not incur any damage because they had already shifted their base to safer locations, on noticing unusual droning activities, the awed rebel claimed in a press note. He urged all the parties active in parliamentary democracy to condemn the ‘Drone-bombing’ of their hideouts by the security apparatus.
Rejecting the claims baseless, Bastar IG Sundar Raj P said that the allegation leveled by the Maoists regarding airstrike/drone attack is baseless and it’s an outcome of fear and confusion in the rank and file of the Maoist cadres. Security forces in Bastar operate within the legal framework with a single objective of protecting the life and property of the native population of the region.
It is the CPI Maoist cadres who have taken away the lives of thousands of innocent civilians by using IEDs and explosive materials. They haven’t even spared children, women, and animals also during their desperate attempts to harm the security forces by using IEDs.
There was huge public outrage and an emerging ‘rightist intellectual’ section appeared highly critical of the current Modi regime for its alleged leniency towards hardened leftist insurgents. Although Union Home minister Amit Shah and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh, both considered being obstinate in their approach hinted at a tougher stance and a decisive battle against the Maoists, drone attacks were not expected by anyone in the know.
Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah as ‘fascist tyrant’ the Maoists said that the government is considering Dandakaranya-Bastar as a foreign land and it has been converted into a war camp to wage war against the people, he said.
Earlier in March, the desperate ultras had urged the left-leaning liberal intellectuals to oppose the ‘Operation Samadhan-Prahar’ launched by the security forces to flush the Naxals out of strategically crucial bases in deep forests of Bastar. The rebels liken the current situation akin to the controversial ‘Salwa-Judum’ and expect the ‘liberals’ to unleash a campaign against the operation as they did against ‘Salwa-Judum’.
Courtesy -The Statesman