Abduction of 300 villagers could mark fresh Maoist-state war
Raigarh: The alleged abduction of 300 villagers by Maoists in Sukma before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi could mark the beginning of another phase of intense confrontation between the state and the Left ultras in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. The government appears to have sent out the impression to the Maoists that it would renew Salwa Judum without making it official and the latter seem to be responding to that through the ‘kidnapping’… Gudsa Usendi, the Maoist leader, through a press release on Friday had warned people against getting involved with the Salwa Judum – 2. There is a serious possibility that the villagers, who were rounded up by the Maoists and held hostage, were those ‘requisitioned’ by the organisers of the public meeting by the PM to attend and swell it.
Maoists kill one abducted villager, release others
Raipur: Maoists took 250 villagers hostage in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to neighbouring Dantewada but freed all the captives late Saturday night barring one who was beaten to death after being tried in a ‘people’s court’. Sukma Superintendent of Police D. Shravan said the “Naxals killed a villager identified as Sadaram Nag by holding so-called Jan Adalat in the forests between Gaadem and Munga villages under Tongpal police station limits and released others.” As per information, the freed villagers were returning to their homes, carrying Nag’s body with them, Shravan told PTI over phone. The Maoist rebels abducted the residents of Marenga and some adjoining villages within Tongpal police stations limits late on Friday night and herded them to a nearby forest in protest against construction of a bridge.