The March 21, 2020, Naxal attack on the security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, killing 17 personnel and injuring 15 others, after a long time highlights a critical shift in the ideological moorings of the CPI (Maoist). Arguably, a critical factor leading to such a tactical change in the Maoists’ approach can be attributed to the new leadership under Namballa Keshava Rao, alias Basavaraj.
Considering the involvement of the District Reserve Guard (DRG), Special Task Force (STF) and the
elite Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in a joint operation against the Maoists, the Maoists carried out the attack with surgical precision. It is important to mention that Sukma district continues to be a hotbed of Maoist activities as it accounts for 25 Maoist-related deaths so far in 2020. At a time when the State has been claiming the Maoist violent movement is on a terminal decline in terms of its diminishing activities and reducing number of recruits, the Sukma attack, the audacious acts against the elite security forces, warrants revisiting the Maoist movement. Also, as the Maoists are supposedly losing their support base substantially and are allegedly limited to a few pockets, the high-level attack confirms a tactical shift in the Maoist strategy.
In the last two years, especially since Basavaraj took over as CPI (Maoist) general secretary following the resignation of Muppala Lakshmana Rao, alias Ganapathy, as Maoist chief in September 2018, there has been a major tactical shift in the Maoist activities. Under the leadership of Basavaraj, who was also the chief of Maoists’ Central Military Commission (CMC) prior to his elevation as chief, the Maoists are carrying out “spectacular” attacks, choosing elite commandos and high-profile political leaders, to scotch government claims that the Maoist movement is on its last legs. Ever since Basavaraj has taken over the leadership, the Maoists have carried out four major attacks in the last two years. On May 1, 2019, the Maoists killed 15 personnel belonging to the commandos of the C-60 force of the Maharashtra Police and a civilian with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Gadchiroli district. Preceding the incident, the ultras had torched 26 vehicles used for construction work at the National Highway-136 site to lure the security forces in their trap. Earlier on April 9, 2019, the Maoists attacked the convoy of Chhattisgarh BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, killing the MLA and two others just before the first phase of the general election. A critical commonality among all the above-mentioned attacks is the surgical precision in which they were carried out.
The surgical precision of these attacks is stressed as the Maoists are believed to be in a Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC) under the new leadership of Basavaraj. As the Maoist activities have been largely contained, the new leadership aims to revive the strength and reclaim the areas through militant activities. Considering his experience as the chief of the Central Military Commission of the CPI (Maoist), Basavaraj believes in instilling fear through the attacks, especially against the state machinery and leaders. This is a critical shift in the ideological framework that instils new tactics into the new recruits and legitimize the “revolutionary causes” via violent activities.
When it comes to carrying out guerrilla attacks, the Maoists seem to have an edge over the security forces. The important motives of the Maoists behind killing the security personnel in large numbers are to highlight the vulnerability of the state and to boost the morale of its cadre.
Letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Spanish State to demand the immediate release of GN Saibaba and human rights defenders Varavara Rao
Fifteen social activists and trade unionists from the city of A Coruña (Galiza), such as Xosé Portela, Carmela Iglesias, Manolo Monge and Adolfo Naya, send a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Spanish State Arancha González Laya, to demand that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs take all to the appropriate measures for the immediate release of Professor GN Saibaba, as well as other human rights defenders suffering repression in India, such as the case of Surendra Gadling, Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Shoma Sen , Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut.Pubblicato da maoist a 17:04 Invia tramite emailPostalo sul blogCondividi su TwitterCondividi su FacebookCondividi su Pinterest
Dr. G.N. Saibaba’s health condition in Nagpur Central Prison is in an abysmal condition. His application for parole was rejected by the High Court citing that his brother’s family is living in a COVID containment zone, but this information is not true.
His brother’s house is not in any red alert areas. The Nagpur summer heat has brought his immunity and health conditions to an all-time low and there is no reprieve. Recently, the jail rejected Dr. Saibaba’s request for helpers, as he cannot do anything on his own because of his 90% disability and non-functional of both hands. He cannot even go to the toilet, take care of his daily necessities, move from the bed to the wheelchair, etc. without help.
When the High Court rejected his previous bail applications it was claimed that two dedicated helpers
were assigned to him to take care of his needs as a physically handicapped person, but these helpers were just co-convicts helping out of their goodwill. The jail authorities assigned no extra staff to help him. The two people who were helping him do not want to continue doing so, because of their own conditions. He has been left alone, to rot in his bed where he cannot even move, without any help. Dr.Saibaba applied to the authorities, requesting a new helper, and his request was openly rejected.
Currently he has had several fainting spells and is unable to bend his fingers and maintain a grip. He got chest pain three times, but they have not been taking him to the hospital since March. The authorities seem to have declared that they will make no attempt to save him and have left him to die. In this condition, we the family of G.N. Saibaba request the judicial authorities to be fair and just and protect his life and basic rights by granting him bail where we can provide him medical care and restore some dignity of life.
We appeal to all Human Rights activists, Organisations, Disability Organisations and Civil Society to raise the voice genuinely for the release of Dr. G N Saibaba.
Co-Written by Aqib Yousuf & And Abass Rather
Suspension of labour laws means more exploitation of Workers and more power to the bosses. Workers earned these rights through a lot of toil and sacrifices and consistent struggle. The right to have ‘eight hour work day’ was not simply gifted to the working class. It was achieved by working class through sacrifices and organised struggles. The month of May has a long revolutionary significance for the Workers. It was during the month of May that Workers sacrificed their lives to jolt the estabalishment for the better future of the workers in 1886. And it is now during the month of May that Workers are pushed back to the wall by suspending their rights by the ruling class.
The decision to suspend labour laws mostly by the Bjp ruled states like UP, MP, Gujarat etc is to safeguard the corporate interests and more subjugation to the working class.
By suspending the existing labour laws, the interest of the corporate sector is being promoted and have been given them free hand and more power to hire and fire the workers without any reason and also gives them immunity in facing any disciplinary action from labour department and the resistance from the trade unions. The enaction of labour laws in the constitution are meant to safeguard the interests of labour class and to provide them adequate means to fight for their legitimate rights. These labour laws have international significance and it is to significantly noted that the suspension of such laws is a total violation of International Labour organisation (ILO) Conventions to which India is a signatory. The laws like industrial disputes act 1947, heath and working conditions of workers and setting trade unions, contract workers and migration workers are being suspended for three years through the ordinance by UP Government. This clearly means trade unions are barred to raise their voice on workers issues. The management will be at full liberty to hire new workers on lower wages. Majority of the workers were already facing the problems of proper ventilation, toilets, portable drinking water, hygienic accomodations etc and by abolishing the existing labour laws government has given free hand to corporate sector to put the lives of the workers at greater risk. Due to the suspension of labour laws, workers will hesitate to demand such facilities in fear of getting fired easily without any proper reason.
There are also some states which extended the working day from 8 hours to 12 hours. This is totally a gross violation of international Labour laws which clearly states that working hour in a single day should not extend from more than 8 hours. Before strucking down or making any amendments in labour laws, it is mandatory for the state or central government to take the labour bodies or trade unions in confidence as per the Tripartite consultation convention C144. It is imperative to mention that India is a signatory to Tripartite consultation international Labour standards convention 1976, which clearly states that states need to consult workers bodies before taking any policy decision
Indian Staffing Federation (ISF) President, Lohit Bhatia while appreciating the suspension of labour laws, asserted, “The various states including Gujrat, Madya Pradesh,Utter Pradesh and now Karnataka are now taking sharper chances with Labour laws to attract investment into their States.” He further remarked that such suspensions in labour laws will attract more investors and will be helpful in promoting the ease of doing business.
To refute the claims of ISF President, it is imperative to quote, Prabhat Patnaik, an Indian Marxist Economist and Political commentator, “The argument that Labour laws stand in the way of larger investment is completely fallacious. There is not a shred of empirical evidence to support it, infact, some years ago when neoliberalism was on the ascending some ‘scholars’ had begun ‘showing’ empriciallly that India’s industrial growth had been restricted by its labor laws, but there “ demonstrations” have been so convincingly refuted that no further ‘demonstrations’ of this sort have been advanced since”. He further stated, “ even before the abrogation of labour laws, after all, Indian labour was much cheaper than Chinese labour. Why didn’t foreign capital expressed preference for India over china and other Asian destination at that time?… What is true of foreign investment isp also true of Indian investment from other state.”
The economy of the country was in shambles before the emergence of covid -19 pandanmic and now it has reached an impasse due to the lockdown. This directly affected the livelihood of workers particularly the migrant workers. At the crucial juncture the need of the hour was to strengthen the labour laws but the BJP ruled States took it as a opportunity to strengthen the corporate sector and weaken the labour class by invalidating almost all labour laws. Corporate intellectuals penned down many articles in suppy of the abrogation of labour laws.
Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog goes one step ahead and recommend further reforms in other sectors as well. He said, “it is one of the boldest and bravest initiatives since reforms in 1991… It is now or never, states are driving bold reforms. We wiitl never get this opportunity ; seize it .”
To counter this argument, it is significant to quote, K Hemlata, Centre of Indian trade union (CITU), President,
“These attacks on the hard won rights of the working class, it’s display of authoritarianism are part of the attacks on the basic and human rights of the toiling people by the desperate capital in crisis. These must be defeated and reversed through United struggles not only of the working class but by the entire toiling masses.”
The freezing of these labour laws will have serious economic consequences and this will be disastrous for working class.
Aqib Yousuf is a student of law at Kashmir university and Abass Rather is a socio-political activist. Both resides in South Kashmir’s kulgam district.
On Friday, May 01, the PLGA under the leadership of the CPI(Maoist) blew up a strategic important bridge, crossing Dumam river in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.The bridge, which were destroyed with a planted IED, connected the cities of Kuakonda and Katekalyan. The attack itself took place between the villages of Tumakpal and Tetam.
The CPI(Maoist) and its army a very strong in Chhattisgarh and blowing up the bridge makes it difficult for the reaction to move their troops to fight People´s War. There are also reports that the old Indian state intended to set up a police base in Tetam.
A group of people gathered outside the indian embassy yesterday. There were songs played, a speech held and slogans shouted. Embassy staff came to the entrance to complain. We asked the staff to open the door to talk but they refused. Instead a hostile man came out as people were leaving and he took a photo. Comrades stopped him from taking more photos calling him a “hindu fascist”. The embassy staff called the police and four cars came in high speed trying to find participants, but they couldn´t.
The follow speech was held outside the embassy:
“We are here today under the slogan Stop India’s War on the People. Why do we use this quite broad slogan? Because we want to gather as many people as possible against the Indian ruling classes and its government.
We want to be a part of a resistance against their furious attacks on the people. Conducting massacres has a political cost, but it is quite low if no one knows. Today, the dominant image of India is still “the world’s largest democracy”.
India is ruled by a Hindu fascist government that sells the country and creates ever-increasing poverty.
-They propel fascist lynch mobs who murder, burn people alive with the rationale that they have damaged cows that are sacred to them.
-They have passed a law saying that Muslim refugees cannot become citizens of India.
-They are waging a war against the people of Kashmir and against the minorities in north-east India and against the adivasis in central India.
The war agianst the Naxalites is now being fought with 600,000 thousand troops.
-These troops shoot at crowds
-Shooting with artillery against villages
-Rape and murder women
The Indian state imprisons those who openly criticize them and defend the people. They have imprisoned many intellectuals and even music artists.
One of those they have imprisoned is Saibaba who played an important role in spreading international solidarity for the people’s struggle in India. He was here in Sweden where we met him a few years ago.
Although he was wheelchair-bound, he traveled around different countries to talk about the struggle of the people. Saibaba is an incredibly knowledgeable and inspirational person and well known among anti-imperialist intellectuals in various parts of the world.
On May 9, 2014, he was arrested and is still being held under severe conditions and despite being severely ill.
Saibaba is a symbol of international solidarity.
Saibabai must be released!
What then do the Naxalites say about this situation?
They say there is a lot of aggression from the ruling classes but that it expresses that the enemy is desperate.
They write, among other things, like this in a document from last year:
-Let us successfully fulfill our role in speeding up the mobilization and united struggles of proletarian revolutionary forces, oppressed nationalities and oppressed people in order to wipe out the imperialists and reactionaries all over the world!
-Let us mobilize lakhs and crores of oppressed people into the
Protracted People’s War going on in the leadership of our Party and
expand the People’s War all over the country!
How, then, do we relate to this strongest revolutionary struggle in the world?
The international support for the people’s struggle in India today is rather weak. If we had 3-4 comrades who put their soul into the support work, we would certainly have a support work that very well would serve important political goals.
We should do it. Why?
-Because their fight is a torch of hope that lights new fires.
-Because their struggle is ours, because we are part of the same great anti-imperialist struggle.
-For the international solidarity is strengthening the movement in India and giving hope to the comrades who are fighting huge enemy.
Support the struggle of the people in India!
The highest incidence of Covid deaths are seen in developed countries, thought to have better treatment facilities. Though one can think of many reasons, the main culprit is the neo-liberal policies that have curtailed public health services. Lack of timely treatment is one of the leading causes of deaths in the United States and Italy. Many received no treatment at all. For the vast majority of the poor who do not have health insurance in the United States (the majority of African-Americans and Spanish speaking Hispanics), even primary care is impossible.
The same is true of the unemployed middle class. Therefore, they would not have gone to a doctor as soon as they felt ill. By the time they are forced to go, the disease would have gone out of control. Lack of adequate equipment or staff made matters worse. Trump and other imperialist rulers exhibited the heights of selfish irresponsibility at the outset. Rather than caring for the health of the people, their concern was to maintain routine, profit-seeking economic activities. This too contributed to the galloping death rate seen over there. Such a huge loss has been caused by a disease that has a death rate of barely two per cent. This sharply brings out the sheer incompetence and anti-people character of neo-liberalism and its progenitor, capitalism.
The role of these criminals doesn’t end there. There are those who argue that the advent of such pathogens is incidental, none can stop it. Then there are those who think that shortcomings can, at the most, be identified in the measures taken to deal with it. There are those who describe it as a punishment delivered by nature and those who oppose this. Nature certainly hasn’t come as some sort of a transcendental power to punish us. Neither will it do that in future. Yet, something of that sort has surely taken place, in the sense of Engels’ words.
Engels wrote that though man may boast that he has conquered nature, he will, in the end, be given a heavy blow by nature, reminding him who the true master really is. What he meant was the consequences of human actions. These words, which exposed the hollowness of capitalist claims, also hinted at the danger of its destructive development approach.
That is well seen in the origins and spread of today’s Corona pandemic. Some have reduced the matter to genetic causes alone. Thereby they hide the role played by imperialist relations that bind the world. That role is scientifically analysed and argued out in the upcoming lead article of the Monthly Review’s May issue (jointly written by Rob Wallace, Alex Liebman, Louis Fernando Shaw, and Roderick Wallace).
They too start from the wet meat market in Wuhan. But they don’t get bogged down in the food habits of the Chinese, seen as strange in the orientalist gaze of the imperialist world. Rather, their essay enters into the social and economic relations that are revealed by this market. “How did the exotic food sector arrive at a standing where it could sell its wares alongside more traditional livestock in the largest market in Wuhan?” – this is where they begin from.
They point out, “Well beyond fisheries, worldwide wild food is an increasingly formalised sector, evermore capitalised by the same sources backing industrial production.” A chain extends back from the Wuhan market to the hinterlands where exotic and traditional foods are raised by operations bordering the edge of a contracting wilderness. And then a number of trading/transportation chains link up such centers to different countries and big cities. The corona virus arrived, traveling over it, much like SARS that came before it.
Some multinational corporations, such as Johnson & Johnson, have prepared a feasibility map marking where new germ cells may appear in the future. The geographic view that they adopted points to Third world countries,. The Monthly Review essay criticises this approach. It points out, “Focusing on outbreak zones ignores the relations shared by global economic actors that shape epidemiologies.” When these relations are taken into consideration, not Third world countries, but the main sources of global capital — New York, London, and Hong Kong — turn out to be the worst hotspots. These new viruses harmful to humans spread from wild life. Much of that is happening today at the boundaries of capitalism. That is, in the remaining forest areas. Deforestation destroys the habitats of disease-carrying wildlife, thus creating conditions for its spreading out. Within a few days, the new pathogens that began their journey from sparsely populated forests, spread out across the globe, sheltered by a globalisation straddling time and space.
The crux of this essay may be summarised thus: Viruses that had been largely contained through the complexities of the tropical forests have entered the mainstream through the deforestation caused by capital, and deficits in public health and environmental sanitation.
In short, the changes in livelihood conditions and environmental conditions of the vast majority, caused by globalisation and neo-liberal policies, lie at the root of the present tragedy. Its primary solution is the destruction of the imperialist system and the success of the Communist project. That is the only path to realise a humaneness that values human life and redeems nature, of which those lives too are a part.
In fact, both Cuba and Vietnam point to that possibility. They are not socialist countries today. They are countries that have been re-entangled by imperialist relations in one or the other manner, by the restoration of capitalism. When China increased its wages, global monopolies moved to Vietnam. However, some remnants of the socialist era still persist.
The health sector is still largely in the public sector. There are organisations that can contribute voluntary service on a large scale. These countries have been aided by such factors in fighting the pandemic. One can see how the achievements of the old socialist era have benefited China too, now an imperialist country. Keralam, where the public health sector has been largely defended through mass struggles, has been able to combat Corona in a better manner compared to other Indian states. Meanwhile, big private sector hospitals inhumanly turn away people who approach them with a cold or fever.
It remains to be seen how long this will last. The impact that Corona has created is sure to bring about a resurgence in public health care. However, its subordination to the dynamics of capital will impose barriers. The memory of capital is rather weak. There is a good chance that the demands of profit will once again force the public sector to yield to privatisation. Even if the public health system is retained, it could be used as a great source of data that serves capital. That is what was seen in the Springler deal*, which allowed data collection hardly bothering about individual privacy.
Data collected in the guise of serving the public health service could become raw material for pharmaceuticals, insurance companies and others. This is a new, more dangerous, level of privatisation. Capital will be able to profit while hiding behind the structures of the public sector; absolutely indirectly. The same holds for the health app Modi is promoting.
It’s not enough to have a public sector. It must be one that truly serves the people. That will be possible only when it becomes part of a transition towards a society that eliminates the divide between the private and public in the economy and infrastructure. If this is to be revived in any country in the world, not as a shadow of socialism but as a transition to communism, as a continuing revolution, it must be guided by the current heights of communist theory.
11th April 2020
Over the last six years, the health of Dr. G. N. Saibaba, incarcerated in Nagpur Central Jail, has deteriorated alarmingly. Prof. Saibaba is a teacher of English at the University of Delhi and is a human rights activist. Due to post-polio residual paralysis of his lower limbs, he is over ninety percent physically disabled and wheelchair bound. Since incarceration, he has developed severe additional ailments that have resulted in irreparable loss to his health. On May 9th 2014, he was abducted from Delhi by the Maharashtra Police and charged under several sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). None of the electronic documents supposedly seized from G.N. Saibaba’s house were displayed in the court or tested through any witness or made part of the course of evidence. These electronic documents were directly brought only as part of 313 statement, and not the main course of evidence. The judge rejected all Supreme Court judgments regarding bringing these documents which were not part of the course of evidence as part of 313. These documents used were not a part of the trial. Gadchiroli Sessions court gave life imprisonment on March 7th 2017 to Dr. GN Saibaba along with five others. Excluding a brief reprieve in 2016, he has been kept in the solitary anda cell of Nagpur Central Jail since arrest. With Indian jails filled beyond capacity and lacking in basic medical facilities, and with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country particularly affecting the aged and those with serious pre-existing medical conditions, Dr. G. N. Saibaba’s future looks exceedingly bleak.
Throughout his political life, Dr. G. N. Saibaba has been a vocal advocate for the rights of Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims and other oppressed communities. He has spoken against the state sponsored attack on people in Central India under Operation Green Hunt. He stood by his students and advocated for democratic principles and social justice within the university. He has never shied away from speaking his mind and has worked tirelessly to uphold the spirit of democracy. While hospitals in Nagpur and jail authorities have stated that they lack of facilities needed to care for a person with such severe disabilities and ailments, he remains incarcerated, untreated and denied bail. Nonetheless, he retains the spirit of struggle, even when dehumanised by the lack of medical facilities and denied the basic fundamental right of a life with dignity.
Dr. G. N. Saibaba suffers severe physical pain caused by the degeneration of muscles in his hands. He is plagued by pancreatitis, high blood pressure, Cardiomyopathy, chronic back pain, immobility and sleeplessness. The weather conditions of Nagpur, magnified by the windowless solitary anda cell have even strained the functioning of his heart. Consequently, his physical ailments intensified while the lack of pain relief and neglect due to inadequate medical facilities further debilitate his already fragile health. Despite interventions made by the National Human Rights Commission and authorities of international human rights organizations, the Courts have repeatedly denied him bail.
The Supreme Court of India has upheld the right to life and reflected on prisoners observing that “the treatment of a human being which offends human dignity, imposes avoidable torture and reduces the man to the level of a beast would certainly be arbitrary and can be questioned under Article 14”. India is also a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which recognises the inherent dignity of human beings and the ideal of free human beings enjoying civil and political freedom. Furthermore, India has ratified the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on October 1st 2007. India has even adopted the United Nations Resolution 70/175 on Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (also known as the Nelson Mandela Rules). These covenants, conventions and resolutions ensure life and dignity to all persons, prisoners and persons with disabilities and layout the essential parameters necessary for its implementation. When the National Crime Records Bureau states that prisons across the country prison are filled at 117% with Maharashtra exceeding the average at 149%, the impact of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in such a space is likely to be a death sentence for Dr. Saibaba.
The Committee for the Defense and Release of Dr. GN Saibaba fears for his life and appeals to the Government of India and the Government of Maharashtra for the immediate release of Dr. G. N. Saibaba, in light of the impending threat to his life from the COVID-19 virus. The committee urges all democratic organizations and individuals to appeal for the release of all political prisoners.
Kothagudem: Coronavirus outbreak is the creation of imperialistic forces, asserted CPI (Maoist) central committee spokesperson Abhay. He said, “The emergence of biological weapons like Coronavirus was rooted in imperialistic policies.”
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Maoist spokesperson said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to take measures to help the poor before announcing lockdown and it had forced migrant workers in cities to walk back to their natives as public transportation was shut.
The Union government needed to spend at least 10 per cent of the GDP towards food and health of the poor. The Central and State governments have to come out with measures to help unorganized sector with a financial package of Rs 5 lakh crore, Abhay said.
Likening the announcement of lockdown to announcement of demonetization, he said both the Central and State governments have placed the onus of protecting on the public with the claims that self-isolation was the only protection from Coronavirus.
In many states there was a lacking for PPE kits and face masks and Modi government consented export of hydroxychloroquine under pressure from the US President Donald Trump. The RSS-BJP leadership trying to target a section exploiting Tablighi Jamaat meeting that cause spread of Coronavirus, Abhay pointed out.
The Maoists Spokesperson, demanded immediate release of activists like Varavara Rao, Prof. Saibaba and other political prisoners lodged in jails across the country. The governments were preferring using police force to implement lockdown instead of educating people, he noted.
Measures for the safety of doctors, sanitary workers, laborers and health workers, protection of press freedom should be taken, confining the lockdown to red zones and hotspots were among his demands.
New Delhi, April 16: Maoists groups have been using the nationwide lockdown to regain strength as a large group of the rebels have entered south Bastar from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Nepal, security sources said.
Intelligence inputs warned the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police forces earlier this month at a time when the security forces as well as the entire law and order machinery are busy in enforcing the lockdown measures to break the coronavirus chain.
According to the inputs, Maoist groups are “continuously conducting meetings in the core areas in Chhattisgarh”s Sukma district and in Darbha division in Jagdalpur district of the state and part of Dantewada district there under the supervision of top Maoist leaders.
“The Maoists are organising villagers for confronting the government on the issue of fixing minimum price for plucking up of tendu leaves and compensation for death or injury of villagers involved in plucking of the leaves,” the inputs accessed by IANS said.
The Maoist groups laid traps for Security Forces (SFs) during the first phase of the 21-day lockdown between March 24 midnight and April 24 midnight at Kikler and in between Gangaloor and Cherpal under Gangaloor police station in Chhattisgarh”s Bijapur district.
The traps were specifically laid in the second week of April for almost 3-4 days, the intelligence report said.
Taking advantage of lockdown period and less number of operations in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) of SFs, the inputs said the Maoists conducted intensive recce in the Rajpenta area in Chhattisgarh”s Dantewada district.
“It is further learnt that the Maoists planned Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at Rajpenta and Chimilipenta areas.”
In the second week of this month, a group of Maoists of “Kerlapal Area Committee of Maoists” blasted IED around 10 p.m. and damaged a culvert near Renga Para, ahead of Gorgunda, on Dornapal-Jagargunda road under Polampalli police station in Sukma district.
After a thorough investigation, the security forces found that the IEDs were planted by Maoists near Pushpal camp of 195 Battalion of CRPF in Maad area in Jagdalpur district.
A few days back the Maoists of Malangir Area Committee had cut the Aranpur-Potli road at ten places and rendered it unsuitable for plying of vehicles, the report said. It mentioned that they are looking for an opportunity to inflict damage to the personnel of “Potali camp of CAF and Kondasawli camp of 231 Battalion of ACRPF in Dantewada district”.
The Maoist activities were observed in Chhattisgarh when Malkangiri-Koraput-Visakha Border (MKVB) division”s committee secretary Kailasam and other Maoist groups had earlier this month released a hand-written statement in Telugu and other languages regarding ceasefire amid COVID-19 pandemic.
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has announced a unilateral ceasefire and said they would not attack security forces because of the spread of coronavirus outbreak across the country.
“Our party, People”s Liberation Guerrilla Army (an armed wing of the CPI-Maoist), and various frontal organisations of the party have decided against carrying out any kind of attack on the security forces during this period,” the statement said.
Kailasam, however, warned that the party would be compelled to retaliate, if security forces resort to any kind of action. “We demand that the government responds to our statement within five days,” Kailsam has said in the letter.