The pattern is so agonizingly similar - another Maoist attack; high death count; muscular political pledges to respond at an appropriate time; civilian outrage and shock flooding all forms of media. Yes, the pattern is now beyond fatigue levels - another cycle of condemnation; another cycle of some enquiry on what went wrong; another announcement of new SOPs.
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.
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.
Elimination of fascist Salwa Judum leader Mahendra Karma: Legitimate response to the inhuman atrocities, brutal murders and endless terror perpetrated on the Adivasis of Bastar!
Attack on top Congress leaders: Inevitable reprisal to the fascist Operation Green Hunt being carried on by the UPA government hand in glove with various state governments!
According to sources, the audacious attack has been carried out jointly by Naxal cadres from Chhattisgarh, Andra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Orissa.
The three main people associated with the attack were Gaganna, Godsa, and Ganapathi (alias Ganesh VK). Godsa was at the forefront of planning the entire operation while Gaganna led the front attack group during the operation. Involvement of politburo member K Sudarshan in the planning of the attack is also suspected.
Shocking details about the structure of CPI (Maoist) and its internal processes have come to light. The revelations were made by a very senior group leader, Mihir Besra, who was captured in 2007.
According to the interrogation report of Besra, the 9th Congress of the group met in January 2007 in Bihar and many important operational decisions were taken in it.