The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has claimed responsibility for the killing of seven Central Reserve Police Force personnel in an IED explosion in the Dantewada district of Bastar last month. “The Malewara attack on the CRPF was a fitting reply to the exploitative Modi-Raman Singh regime and revenge for our party’s martyrs. The attack was a part of our PLGA’s (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) response to the government of Chhattisgarh’s mission 2016 against us,” said a statement issued by the south sub zonal bureau of the CPI (Maoist).
“The Chhattisgarh government has been running a campaign called ‘Mission 2016’ to flush out Maoists from Bastar. In the name of this mission, the security forces are indulging in attacks on the villages of Bastar. Local civilians are being harassed and are being branded as ‘warrantee Maoists’.
“People of Bastar are being stashed in jails under fraud cases. In the name of encounter killings, local tribals are being killed in cold blood. Since January this year, more than 50 local civilians of Bastar and our party cadres have been killed in fake encounters,” alleged the banned outfit.