A couple with suspected links with Salwa Judum, the erstwhile anti-Maoist militia, of Konta village in Chhattisgarh State were shot at and seriously injured by Maoists near Konta in Sukma District on Sunday night. The injured couple were brought to the Government area hospital in Bhadrachalam in Khammam District of Telangana late in the night.
According to sources, the injured were identified as Podium Chukkalu and his wife Podium Payaki of Konta block in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The condition of Chukkalu, who sustained two bullet injuries including one in abdomen, was stated to be critical. Sources said that the Maoists fired at the couple in Konta by branding them police informers.
Bastar tribals will have to fight Maoists: Karma’s son
“The government cannot win this war for us”
Dismissing rumours that he has backed off from the “Vikas Sanghrsh Samiti,” an anti-Maoist group formed by the leaders of erstwhile Sawla Judum under his leadership, Chhavindra Karma has said the tribals of Bastar would have to fight the Maoists to bring peace and development to the conflict-torn region. “After keeping quiet for almost two years and seeing many of our friends getting killed in the Maoist violence, we decided to form the Samiti. The government’s inability to rein in the Naxals in Bastar also forced us to do this. Eventually, it’s a war that Bastar tribals have to fight. The government cannot win this war for us,” said Karma, the son of Salwa Judum founder Mahendra Karma, in an interview with The Hindu.