Maoists on Saturday killed 14 people in two major separate poll-related strikes in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region. Six jawans of 80 Battalion of CRPF lost their lives in an IED blast in Darbha Ghati. Five jawans were also injured in this attack, out of which two are reported to be seriously wounded.

In an another strike, seven officials on polling duty were killed when Maoists blew their bus in Bijapur district.

In Aurangabad, a journalist could reach the location where medical teams could not despite being on major road axis! The journalist had a field day in filing his ‘story’. To make his ‘story’ sensational the rank of the imploring and bleeding CRPF Constable (Dilip), was changed to Deputy Commandant (Indrajeet Singh). His ‘story’ took a callous turn when he began questioning the perniciously bleeding Constable about the details of the mine blast. It was only in the evening that it was clarified the Deputy Commandant had died much before and the constable is still alive.

This journalistic omission or commission or both, is symptomatic of the blasé attitude of the ‘press’ with regard to the casualties of security forces.

The State’s failure to rescue people from Maoist terror has engendered symbiotic relationship between certain political parties, politicians and the Maoists, to influence the course of elections in the Maoist Corridor running euphemistically from Tirupathi to Pashupathi. Maoists in fact have become a violent leverage in the electoral politics of India. Speaker of a Legislative Assembly is widely believed not to be a merely a supporter but an active Maoist.

The ruling party of a particular state owes more than half its seats to Maoists. One Chief Minister deliberately refuses to acknowledge the Maoist terror even as more than 30 of his districts fall within the Red Corridor. Another Member of Parliament from Odisha in pursuit of religious agenda was allegedly involved in killing of a social worker Laxminanda Sarasawati in collusion with the Maoists.

In the Red Corridor there are many legislators in the country, who owe their position directly to the machinations of the Maoists. It runs across the political spectrum. Maoists are hence perverting the Indian Constitution in the name of ‘revolution’. The authority of the Constitution cannot remain in suspended animation.

The Maoist corridor when viewed in totality with other volatile regions impacted by insurgency constitutes more than 40 percent of Indian territory. It clearly indicates that the secured space in India has shrunk to half. As a consequence the economic space is also becoming restricted. Which respectable industry or business, internal or external, would like to invest in the Red Corridor or the Northeast or in Kashmir?

Recent reports in the media have suggested that top Maoist leader Mupalla Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathy has instructed his cadres to do everything they can to get their jailed leaders out (breaking in or obtaining bails).

Maoists are getting restless and are planning targeted actions to free their leaders from jails. A letter recovered by Jharkhand Police during a raid recently revealed Maoists’ plan to kidnap Latehar District Collector (DC) Aradhna Patnaik. The letter states that a person working with the DC is in touch with them and that the Maoists should kidnap her before October 15. The plan is to demand release of their leaders (Shyamlalji, Navinji, Comrade Indrajeet) jailed in Daltonganj jail.

The war is on. In this war the adversary has a deadly cocktail of ideology, foreign support, religious agenda, armed cadres, criminal financing and terror. It would be anti-national to treat it as a law and order problem. The assault is now on Indian democracy and the unity of India.

The Maoists have struck nexus by forging links with insurgent organizations in Northeast, with the ISI, terrorist organizations in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and with the Dawood gang. Together Maoists and some of these outfits have formed a ‘strategic united front’. Combined, these inimical forces pose unprecedented destabilization process of India.