New Delhi, June 23, 2022: In a joint letter, a number of civil society and academic organizations from across the globe urged Chief Justice of India N V Ramana to immediately grant medical bail to political prisoner Dr G N Saibaba, who has been convicted and jailed for having alleged links to the CPI (Maoist).
The signatories of the letter, while expressing “grave concern” over Saibaba’s health, have highlighted that the former Delhi University professor is 90% disabled and has tested positive for COVID-19 twice. He is currently held in solitary confinement in an ‘anda cell’ in Nagpur Central Jail, where he is steadily losing the functioning of his vital organs, they said.
“His life sentence has effectively turned into a death sentence,” the signatories said.
To drive home their point, they cited the example of Father Stan Swamy, who died at 84 during his imprisonment in Taloja Prison in July 2021. He was an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case but died from COVID-19 as he awaited medical bail.
“We have great faith that you will respond promptly so that Prof. G N Saibaba will not face the same fate as Stan Swamy… who died in judicial custody,” they said.
While noting that his imprisonment is an “example of the silencing of political dissent in India”, the signatories alleged that his right to a fair trial was “obstructed by a biased political system”.
“Even though he is on the edge of death, his parole request was rejected three times and his medical bail application was denied two times. We appeal to you to intervene and deliver justice to Prof. G N Saibaba. Immediately, in order to save his life, shift him from Anda Cell to a wheelchair-accessible barrack, then release him on medical bail and admit him to a multi-specialty hospital for treatment,” the signatories urged CJI.
Among the signatories are international groups such as Scholars At Risk (USA), PEN America (USA), Freedom Now (USA), the Free Saibaba Coalition-US, Stitching the London Story (the Netherlands), India Solidarity Germany (Germany), India Justice Project (Germany), Southern Illinois Democratic Socialists of America (USA), Indian Scheduled Caste Welfare Association (UK), Indian American Muslim Council (USA), Anti-Caste Discrimination Alliance (UK), Ambedkar King Study Circle (California, USA), Boston South Asian Coalition (USA), India Civil Watch International (USA), Hindus for Human Rights (USA).
The international appeal is an initiative of International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India (InSAF India), a collective of diasporic Indian academics and professionals from around the world.
Saibaba was sentenced to life imprisonment by a lower court in Gadchiroli district in 2017 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for alleged links to the CPI (Maoist). His appeal against the sentence at the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court has been pending.
The full letter to the CJI and the list of signatories are reproduced below.
Justice N.V. Ramana
Chief Justice of India
Supreme Court of India
3, Janpath, New Delhi-110 001
Dear Justice N.V. Ramana,
We, the undersigned international civil society and academic organizations, are deeply concerned by the deteriorating health condition of Delhi University English professor G.N. Saibaba. Since March 7, 2017, he has been imprisoned in the maximum security Anda Cell in the Nagpur Central Prison in the State of Maharashtra for challenging systemic oppression and discrimination. The Anda cells (named such as they resemble an egg) confine prisoners to windowless concrete cells for sixteen hours a day allowing them to step out in an open space which is also concrete, with no greenery, burning with the intense heat, especially during the summer months. It is with grave concern for his chances of survival in these prison conditions, we humbly request you to intervene and take appropriate measures to save the life of Prof. G.N. Saibaba.
We know Prof. G.N. Saibaba not only as a member of the academic community, but also as a social justice activist who has fought for the democratic rights of the oppressed, adivasis (indigenous people of India), Dalits (so-called untouchables), women, religious minorities, and oppressed nationalities. We also know that he is 90 percent disabled and has been suffering from 19 chronic and acute post-polio medical conditions, some of which are fatal and need immediate medical intervention.
We would like to remind you of the fact that Prof. G.N. Saibaba was arrested and imprisoned for his ideas. The plot against him started with a search warrant issued by a judicial magistrate on September 7, 2013 to seize alleged stolen property from G.N. Saibaba’s residence. In the search operation on September 17th, the officials claimed to have found digital evidence (articles, documents) that could establish links between Saibaba’s activism and the Communist Party of India (Maoist). It was very well reported in the media that not only the police raid but also the way the search was conducted directly violated the Indian Evidence Act and the Code of Criminal Procedure (Section 100). Following the raid, on May 9, 2014, police in plain clothes abducted Prof. Saibaba from a vehicle near his home and flew him to the Nagpur Central Prison in Maharashtra. The charges brought against him were related to “waging war against the state.”
A bail application was filed on May 15, 2014 in the Sessions Court, but it was denied on August 24th. On February 12, 2015, a second bail application, under Section 439, was filed because of his steadily deteriorating health. Once again, the bail application was rejected. Knowing Prof. Saibaba’s deteriorating health, a social activist from the Vidharba region wrote a letter to the Chief Justice, High Court of Maharashtra, suo moto converted to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by the High Court. This effort resulted in a temporary medical bail for six months. While this process was happening Prof. Saibaba fell extremely ill and was shifted to a public medical facility in Nagpur. The Chief Medical Officer of Nagpur Central Prison repeatedly declared that Prof. Saibaba is suffering from many health complications such as high blood pressure, bilateral kidney stones, a gallbladder stone, and kyphoscoliosis inducing rib crowding.
After a hasty trial, on March 7, 2017, Prof. G.N. Saibaba was sentenced to life in prison under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (Section 13, 18, 20, 38, 39) and Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code. In addition to digital evidence gathered from Prof. G.N. Saibaba’s house during the raid, the prosecution presented twenty-three witnesses. Twenty-two of the presented witnesses were policemen while the remaining witness was a Delhi citizen who knew nothing about the case, but was made to sign the documented witness testimony by the police. When the verdict was announced, Prof. G.N. Saibaba was in an intensive care unit receiving treatment, but without any consideration of his health condition, he was shifted to solitary confinement in an Anda Cell. Since then Prof. G.N. Saibaba has been losing his remaining bodily abilities because of neglect and lack of proper care and so his “life sentence” is turning into a “death sentence.” In the past year, he has twice tested positive for COVID-19. As his vital organs are failing, he is slowly dying.
Prof. G.N. Saibaba has been suffering from excruciating pain in both hands, back and hip, because of which he cannot sit for more than a few minutes. The extreme heat and cold conditions of the Anda Cell cause breathing difficulties for him. He also has regular episodes of dizziness. Doctors have recommended a thorough cardiovascular examination and treatment, which has not happened yet. In addition, he needs regular physiotherapy to revive his arm muscles, but even such a minor pain management procedure is not available in the jail and the authorities are not bringing him to a general physician on a regular basis.
In a recent installment of harassment, the jail authorities refused to provide a plastic water bottle to Prof. G.N. Saibaba who could not hold a metallic or glass bottle because he is losing the functional capacity of both arms. Learning this from Prof. G.N. Saibaba, his lawyer reported this to the media as dehydration caused him to faint several times. In retaliation to the media reports, the jail authorities placed a CCTV camera in his cell so that it records everything all day in the cell including the toilet area. When the jail authorities refused to remove the camera, he went on an indefinite hunger strike. After a four-day hunger strike, he lost consciousness and was admitted to a hospital. Finally, the jail authorities removed the camera and we are awaiting news of whether he received the water bottle. This is the arbitrary and brutal nature of his treatment in prison.
We strongly believe that Prof. G.N.Saibaba’s right to a fair trial was obstructed by a biased political system. His incarceration is an example of the silencing of political dissent in India. Even though he is on the edge of death, his parole request was rejected three times and his medical bail application was denied two times. We appeal to you to intervene and deliver justice to Prof. G.N. Saibaba. Immediately, in order to save his life, shift him from an Anda Cell to a wheelchair-accessible barrack, then release him on medical bail and admit him to a multispecialty hospital for treatment.
We have great faith that you will respond promptly so that Prof. G.N. Saibaba will not face the same fate as Stan Swamy, accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, who died in judicial custody.
Institutional Signatories (last updated 21 June 2022):
International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India (InSAF India), worldwide
Free Saibaba Coalition – US, USA
Scholars at Risk, USA
PEN America, USA
Freedom Now, USA
Stitching the London Story, the Netherlands
Rangmatipadar Adivasi Commune, India
Samvidhan Bachao Desh Bachao Abhiyan Uttar Pradesh, India
Bhagat Singh Academy Ambikapur, India
Turbine Bagh, UK
Indian American Muslim Council, USA
International Council of Indian Muslims (ICIM), USA and UK
India Solidarity Germany, Germany
Association For Democratic Rights Punjab, India
Indian Workers Association GB, UK
Indian Scheduled Caste Welfare Association UK, UK
Dr Ambedkar Community Centre Derby, UK
Derby Against Caste Discrimination, UK
India Justice Project, Germany
NCHRO-GOA, Goa, India
National Confederation of Human Rights (NCHRO), New Delhi, India
Indian Social Institute, India
Democratic Teachers’ Front, University of Delhi, India
Scottish Indians For Justice, Scotland, UK
Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance (ACDA), UK
Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity, India
Boston South Asian Coalition, USA
Coalition Against Fascism in India, USA
India Civil Watch International, North America
Hindus for Human Rights, North America
Southern Illinois Democratic Socialists of America, USA
Ambedkar King Study Circle (California), USA
Radical Desi, Canada
Baba Bujha Singh Publications, Punjab, India
National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled, India
Communist Party of India (Maoist) Central Committee Spokesperson Abhay's statement on the Agneepath scheme introduced by the Central Government Let us fight against the undemocratic, unconstitutional, fiery plan of the central government that is militarizing the army and militarizing civil society!text in the 1 july 2022
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Our CC conveys revolutionary greetings to all of you on your comradely solidarity to our
Indian People’s war. We have overcome the SAMADHAN operation of Indian ruling classes
with ferocious resistance from our heroic peoples’ army i.e. PLGA and revolutionary people of
our country especially belongs to country wide Maoist struggle zones, friends and all left parties
and forces of our country including well-wishers of Indian revolution. We got tremendous
support and solidarity from the International Maoist revolutionary parties and forces with great
comradely zeal and determination. The friends of Indian revolution abroad are not apart from all
these activities. We specially mention our heartfelt revolutionary greetings to ICSPWI.
The SAMADHAN operation was declared against our revolutionary movement on 17th
May of 2017 with five years stipulated time period. The Hindutva Indian ruling classes openly
declared that they will eradicate the total movement in this period. At last they have started drone
strikes in 2021 April. It was intensified in April 2022. They have used dozens of drones and tens
of bombs at a time in jungles including civilian locations (tribal hamlets). In these years they
have coined and incarcerated so many democrats, cultural artists, writers, lawyers, revolutionary
intellectuals, well-wishers of indigenous people, universities professors and even journalists as
urban Maoists. The all kinds of brutal security forces particularly state forces falsely encountered
dozens of revolutionary masses. They have arrested and incarcerated hundreds of people
through- out the country. The tribal woman is a particular sufferer of this long period from the
notorious security forces. They have raped tens of women in the struggle zones. The human
rights activist stood firmly with the struggling people and supported them to fight legally against
their atrocities. They have done each everything to eradicate the people’s movement, but they
have failed in their disasters task. In the last above five decades of long history of Indian
revolution once again it has proved that nothing can eliminate the people’s movement until the
exploitation is abolished. In this context, our party sincerely conveying its best comradely wishes
to all who supported our movement in this crucial period.
In these years we lost so many our beloved heroic comrades including central Committee
members to defend and advance the movement. They have upheld the red flag and sacrificed
their lives to the sake of our revolution. Our CC humbly bows its head and pay the tributes to
them and take pledge to fulfill their revolutionary ambitions. In these years so many red guerilla
fighters injured in the battle field fight against the bloody security forces. Our CC conveys its
greetings to them on re-joining in their duties with great determination. Our CC shares its grief
and sufferings with the martyr’s families who led their lives for sake of Indian revolution.
Last year on 26th Sept, Indian Home Minister notorious Hindu fascist criminal Amit Sha once
again declared to eliminate the Maoist within one year under the special military offence
campaign i.e. Prahaar-3. According to it now the police camps and stations were stocked with
bombs to pore on the jungles and villages of struggling zones with drones. This is really
terrorizing the people and thousands of people protesting it to save their lives. So, now at this
crucial juncture I appeal you to join with them and fight against drone strikes in your countries. I
request you to give a call to organize rallies and demonstrations before the Indian embassies of
your countries. This is the time to save the Indian revolution. We hope and confident that it
encourages us as under current to advance the movement.
Bargarh District, June 3, 2022: For the second time this year, a banner signed by the CPI (Maoist) surfaced at Majhipali village under Paikmal block in Odisha’s Bargarh district on Thursday.
The banner, signed by the CPI (Maoist), warned the government officials who are depriving laborers of employment under various welfare schemes. The locals were also warned against providing information to the police regarding movement and activities of the Maoists.
Written in Hindi, the banner stated that under government schemes, works such as digging of ponds and construction of check dams are meant for the poor people. But due to use of machines, the poor are being forced to work as migrant laborers.
Besides, politicians and government officers are misappropriating funds sanctioned under several public welfare schemes.
The banner further read, some people of Jharmunda, Bhangkhunti, Salepali, Mithapali, Gurunda, Jamseth and Bartunda villages are monitoring the activities of Maoists and passing on the information to police. The Maoists threatened to execute such people if they don’t mend their ways.
Sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Padampur Bibhuti Bhusan Bhoi said the banner has been seized. “Police are verifying if the banner was put up by Maoists or any mischief monger. There is nothing to panic,” he added.
On February 1, another banner signed by the Maoists was found at Majhipali village before the panchayat elections.
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Pune District, June 1, 2022: Political prisoner Father Stan Swamy, the Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist from Jharkhand who was arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case and died in July 2021, will get a “special, posthumous homage” at the Martin Ennals Awards in Geneva on Thursday. The award is widely regarded as the Nobel Prize for human rights defenders. The winners this year are Daouda Diallo from Burkina Faso, Pham Doan Trang from Vietnam and Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja of Bahrain.
“Father Stan was nominated to the Award in spring 2021, but he sadly passed away before it could reach him,” said Chair of the Award Jury, Hans Thoolen.
Before he died at the age of 84, Swamy had spent a lifetime working with Adivasi communities on their land, forest and labor rights. He had filed a PIL about the arrests of thousands of young Adivasis whom investigating agencies had labelled “Naxals”. According to the NIA, which had arrested him with other activists such as lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in 2020, Swamy was a cadre of the CPI (Maoist). “The jury wished to shine a light on Father Stan’s many contributions to human rights, which cannot be eclipsed by his unjust incarceration by Indian authorities,” said Thoolen.
A journalist interviews Comrade Prashant Bose (Kishanda)
Comrade Prashant Bose, a member of the Central Committee and Polit Bureau of the CPI (Maoist) was arrested in November 2021 together with his life partner and a member of the CC, Comrade Sheela Marandi (Sheeladi). A journalist Anand Dutta interviewed him few months before his arrest that was done through internet as written by the interviewer. The interview edited by Samyam Srivastav was posted at 3 pm on 14th December on TV9 Bharatvarsh web portal. We give here a translation of the interview given in Hindi.
Question – Are you ready if the Home Ministry invites you for talks? Are you ready to forget incidents such as the encounter of Azad and Padma?
Answer – I wish to tell you that going for talks depends upon the place, time and concrete condition. At times we might go for talks if it benefits revolutionary struggle. If it is not, it will be correct to not go for talks. Our Central Committee adopted the correct policy after analysing the experience of history, our earlier experience, the present concrete condition, the overall situation related to revolutionary movement and other such issues –
1. Operation Green Huntneeds to be stopped. Paramilitary forces must be withdrawn. If government offensive on the people stops, the counter-violence of the people also shall stop. Many intellectuals also stated that if there is no government offensive, there is no need for the people to take up counteroffensive.
2. The ban on our partymust be lifted. The ban on all our Mass Organisations must be lifted. We must be given the democratic opportunity to mobilise the people. If there is an atmosphere to work in a democratic manner then we can go for talks.
Comrade Riyaz who took part in talks with the Andhra Pradesh government in 2004 was picked up, tortured and killed. The other comrades who took part in talks were targeted and attacked. There were attempts to murder them. Later, Comrade Azad who was trying to facilitate a way for the process of talks was murdered. We cannot rely on the government and send underground comrades.
Therefore, if the government releases our leadership comrades in jail, they shall directly represent the party.
This apart, few journalists and persons from the civil society in Chhattisgarh are making a hue and cry to go for talks for peace. The Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee released a press statement on 12th March 2021 in this regard. It said, ‘if the civil society is really sincere for peace, let it demand immediate stop to the counter revolutionary ‘SAMADHAN’ offensive of the central and the state governments; let them come in support of the lakhs of Bastar tribal people struggling for a long time against the heavy deployment of police, Paramilitary and Military forces in the entire Bastar Division including Maad’.
Q – There are lesser people’s courts when compared to the earlier. Does it mean that people no more need those or is it that you are no more needed?
A – It is a fact that due to the extensive ‘encircle and mop up’ and ‘SAMADHAN and Prahar’, there is considerable decrease in holding people’s courts. But it does not mean that people do not need people’s courts.
In areas where Revolutionary People’s Committees and Krantikari Kisan Committees are effective people’s courts are held in a developed manner.
Disputes are being solved better than the earlier times. For example, you must have learnt about Janatana Sarkar and its functioning in Chhattisgarh (DK). The Janatana Sarkar constitutes several departments and those do each and every work in the interests of the people. In this area people’s courts have become and are becoming popular.
Similarly, Krantikari Kisan Committee is functioning in various places in Jharkhand. As per its understanding, it functions in the most secret manner. It holds small people’s courts and is still holding them. The little weaknesses in this regard need to be rectified.
Q – You purchase arms from the capitalist system against which you fight?
A – The first thing is that who is manufacturing the arms? Without doubt, it is the workers. No worker can make arms or any products on their own. In fact, the history of production is collective production system. It means that in the present society, on one hand the structure of production of capitalist industry is collective but the owner of the products is the capitalist. Therefore, the question does not arise that when we are fighting against the capitalist system, we should not purchase the goods manufactured by the capitalists or that we did something wrong in this regard.
In fact, the owner of the entire produced goods is the working class that inevitably has to sell its labour force. Capitalist loots the goods. There is no contradiction as such in between the purchase of goods produced in the factories of the capitalists and fighting against the capitalist ownership class. The second thing is that we purchase arms at times. But, purchasing arms is not our basic policy. The basic policy is to seize arms and ammunition from the enemy.
Q – Is Parliament yet untouchable for you?
A – See, the question is not whether the Parliament is yet untouchable for us or not. The issue we have to see is what the Parliament is for the people. Therefore, instead of stressing on the word ‘untouchable’, we need to see the essence in using the word, that is we need to see the form and content and need to pay attention on content. This apart, we see from experience that majority of the people do not trust or believe Parliament.
If we take a look at the present Parliament, no government has the support of majority of the people. 88 percent of the Parliament are millionaires and 43 are criminals. The question that arises is how is this democracy? Parliamentary path is not the path that establishes democratic system. In this viewpoint, it is appropriate and correct to say Parliament is untouchable.
Q – If you attain power, will the government be democratic or will it be military administration? How will the format be?
A – If the people attain power, its major and central task would be to root out the present semi-colonial, semi-feudal system and establish people’s democratic state. The people’s democratic state guarantees all types of freedom, power and democracy to the vast toiling people. Everyone will have the right to talk, write and publish. They will have right to hold meetings, to form organisations, to hold demonstration and to live with freedom. They will also have the power to education, health care, minimum employment and so on.
Except for cruel reactionaries, all the citizens who completed 18 years of age will have the right to elect and to call back the elected representatives in a particular stage. This guarantees the right of the people to control state power and opposes any kind of attempt that tries to lessen this right.
Q – How much hope do the left parties have in parliamentary politics? What kind of hope do you have now?
A – Look, however much left parties might be in parliamentary politics, it is almost not possible to have a positive hope on them in the present condition. Workersfarmers and the toiling people also do not have hope in the left parties. For example, the pathetic condition of the ‘left’ parties in India proves this. The answer to the question whether there is any hope left would be no. Yes. Except for CPI-CPM, there are innumerable left parties and groups with which we can form anti-fascist United Fronts and on the burning issues such as people’s living and national living. This is going on too.
Q – New leaders are coming in the left parties; new parties are coming but all of those keep you totally distant. Even in terms of ideology. Are you not absolutely losing political support? What will you do to fulfil this?
A – Whoever leaders are coming in the left parties, or whatever new parties are coming, the fact is that all those are in the parliamentary path and fear revolution. Therefore, they are distant from us. Those are in words with workers and farmers but in deeds try to sustain the exploitation-based society. They serve as the servants of imperialists, landlords and comprador bureaucratic capitalists. We believe that none of the parties have people’s support. We have maximum relations with the people. We have total support from them. The fact is that there is a lot of difference between the ideology of our party and that of those parties and this is but natural.
Q – RSS and Communist party were formed in 1925. But both of these have extreme difference in ideology.
A-RSS is implementing the idea of Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan. Manusmriti is its ideological basis and it instigates extreme nationalist idea through caste system, Hindu religion, Hindu customs and other such. It is the basic program of the Bhartiya Janata Party to fulfil the responsibility to implement its theoretical basis in practice. The Modi government is successfully fulfilling it. But it is wrong to say that the Indian society is very much in need of this.
However much the Modi government boasts about the formation of Hindu raj, it does not have the support of more than 30-32 percent of the people. The vast people are taking up struggle in various ways against the anti-people policies of the Modi government. Especially the struggles against the three agriculture laws, labour codes, NRC, NPR and CAA show what the people need.
If our ideology does not show even a little influence in the present time, why is it that Maoists are being said to be the biggest threat in the whole of India for internal security and why are the extensive and infamous military campaigns such as Green Hunt, SAMADHAN and Prahar being unleashed with the evil motive to root them out? Why is it that there is so much discussion about Maoism and Maoist movement in the whole country? The corporate controlled media or the Modi media or the government broadcast and propaganda are not the criterion to prove the extent of influence of anything.
Q – What does your party do for the families of the Maoists who die in the movement?
A – To say the fact, if red soldiers or activists die, party is not able to do as much as needed for their families in the present condition. What we could do 810 years ago we are unable to do now in the present fierce aggression of the enemy. However, efforts to do the possible with the help of the people and the local party are going on. We feel sorry that we are not able to look after the families of our martyrs.
Q – Do you educate the fighters before giving them a weapon and if so what? I am asking you so, since, when I met a few surrendered persons, it did not seem to me that they understood your revolution.
A – Our party has a specific policy to give membership in the party or in PLGA. Party prepared a syllabus for members, activists and fighters. As per it, regular classes are conducted. There is a special education department for the purpose. We run schools in the rural areas of our influence where the girls and boys are educated. It is perhaps not correct to hope listen to political discussion from surrendered persons. Surrender is not simply physical surrender. It is to divorce revolutionary politics and communist morality and accept the politics and consumerist outlook of the exploitive class, to act as comprador to the exploitive ruling classes and to become slaves to them.
Q – You never openly accepted whether you have directly or indirectly taken part in the Pathalgarhi movement and violence?
A – Firstly I would say that I or our party see the Pathalgarhi movement as a legitimate movement of the tribal people. We think that the Pathalgarhi people’s movement is a peaceful movement. I mean to say that it is not correct to say ‘Pathalgarhi violence’. The fact is that the just Pathalgarhi movement had been branded as ‘anti-national’, ‘traitorous’ movement and the central and the present Raghuvar Das BJP government of the state are unleashing cruel violent repression on it.
Thousands and thousands of activists involved in the Pathalgarhi movement are yet in prison. We have very clearly stated our stand towards the Pathalgarhi movement. Extending total support to a just movement is our political duty. As per this outlook we made efforts to do whatever was needed in support to this just movement.
Q – In addition to the police you need to fight against TPC, PLFI and other such organisations. Of late there is not much conflict. Is it that they accepted you, or their influence had risen or is it because of any secret agreement between you both?
A – We see TPC, JJMP, PLFI, JPC and other such gangs as police teams and counter revolutionary goonda gangs. The top officials of the intelligence department and police department run them.
Therefore, our relation with those groups is absolutely antagonistic. Since there is a decrease in the conflict with them, it does not mean that those groups grew influential or there is a secret agreement with us.
Q – Roads are being laid for the past few years in the thick forests of Saranda. Contracts were taken up and they are going on without stop. A big contractor of Jharkhand who established an investigative agency alleges that the Maoists were paid heavy amount and so the work is going on smoothly.
A – Everyone is aware that in 2011, a barbarous military campaign ‘Operation Anaconda’ had been taken up with the evil motive to eliminate the revolutionary movement in Saranda. The government entered into 13 MoUs with the corporate giant companies in Saranda alone which they are unable to implement due to the Maoist movement and this is the reason to unleash Operation Anaconda. It is to gain control over the area and set up police camps extensively. They firstly started to lay roads with police protection with wide carpet security. However, the people tried to resist them in some or the other manner. Finally they deployed police forces and laid roads.
Anyway, they could not implement even one MoU due to people’s resistance. The second thing is that, Saranda is one of our strategic areas. We are working with the perspective to build base area here. According to it, allowing laying of roads and collecting levies through it goes against our policy. If anyone violates this rule, disciplinary action will be taken. So, the allegation that the Maoists took a heavy amount and allowed laying of roads is one hundred percent wrong and a fake and evil propaganda.
Q – As per parliamentary assessment, Maoists have hold in 53 districts. Do you think this is correct? Or is the number boosted in order to get funds to fight it and to make it political?
A – This is a correct question. These persons are benefited in two ways. The first benefit is that in order to fight the Maoists the central government is giving a special economic package to the Maoist strong districts. They take it. The surrender of 514 youth in the name of Maoists in Jharkhand is a fresh example for this.
It is surprising that all these were made to surrender and put in the old Birsa Munda Central Prison in Ranchi. But the police records do not show to which police official they have surrendered. The fund they received as per the surrender policy to surrender these youth was taken by them. And, the present Jharkhand DGP and the present BJP Parliament benefit from the crores of rupees of the SS fund. This apart, allegations and investigation are also being made on several police officers and officers of the administration department regarding corruption this is not the picture of Jharkhand alone but of the whole of Maoist strong areas. It is extensive in several states and is seen in a large scale. Another benefit out of this is that in the name of Maoist strong area, police camps will be established. Wherever the people take up struggle for right to jal-jungle-zameen against the anti-people policies of the government, it is branded as Maoist supported movement and new police camps are established to unleash repression. Cruel police repression and suppression of people’s movement are unleashed through these police camps. To say the fact, the people are forced to live in the shadow of the trigger.
Q – I am not the first journalist to put this question, many have questioned you earlier. But the question is still relevant. The money you need is from industrialists. Ordinary people do not have so much money. They cannot support you with their sympathy. So whom are you struggling with?
A – See, the first thing is that it is the BJP government that is anti-people. In order to totally suppress the revolutionary movement in the leadership of the Maoists, they are unleashing multipronged offensive in the guidance of the ‘Low Intensity Conflict’ of the US imperialists.
Not only barbarous war campaign is being unleashed through the police, Para-military and Army, but psychological war is also made. The only task of this is to make fake propaganda on the Maoist party, party leaders and Maoist movement.
One aspect of this ill propaganda is that as you have asked, ‘they need money, it comes from the industrial class, then against whom is your struggle’. I firstly wish to say that our party has a specific financial policy which the whole party implements to the best of its strength. It mentions that ‘there are three main sources to fulfil our needs – one is the party membership fees, levy and financial help from the people. The second is to seize the properties of the enemy and the third is tax. We collect tax in the guerrilla zones and base areas in the form of progressive tax’. We also wrote clearly that ‘national bourgeoisie, petty trader and professional are a part of New Democratic Revolution and so we collect funds from them as per their capacity and level.
‘We do not collect tax from public activities such as school, hospital, ration shop and employment projects’. It is clear from our policy that we can collect funds from national bourgeoisie, that is small and middle capitalists. We do not take funds or collect levy from those we consider big capitalists, whom we call comprador bureaucratic bourgeoisie and the three enemy classes of Indian people namely imperialists, landlords and comprador bureaucratic capitalists who are the targets of the ongoing revolution. This is against our policy. It means our relation with such industrialists is antagonistic.