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Updated: May 29, 2013 02:11 IST

Our target was only Karma, other Congress leaders: Maoists

Suvojit Bagchi
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An unidentified man stands near the crater created on the road after Saturday’s Maoist attack on a Congress motorcade in Bastar, about 345 km south of Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
AP An unidentified man stands near the crater created on the road after Saturday’s Maoist attack on a Congress motorcade in Bastar, about 345 km south of Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

Outfit apologises for death of "innocent people" in the attack

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has said the “goal” of Saturday’s ambush was to only “eliminate” Congress leader Mahendra Karma and other Congress leaders, and “regretted” the death of “innocents,” even while congratulating the fighters of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) on the ambush.

In the attack on a motorcade of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district, 27 people, including Pradesh Congress Committee president Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, and the former MLA, Uday Mudaliyar, were killed and 32 injured.

In a press release on Tuesday, the outlawed party identified Patel, Karma and Vidya Charan Shukla (who was seriously injured) as “people’s enemy.”

The three-page statement, written separately in Telugu, Hindi and English, was signed by party spokesperson in Chhattisgarh Gudsa Usendi. It identified Karma, who launched Salwa Judum to take on Maoists, as the main target, calling him a “notorious tyrant” and “murderer” and analysing his activities in the most acerbic language. It held him responsible for a series of “anti-tribal” campaigns, charging him with foiling a massive movement in 1996 to demand “implementation of the Sixth Schedule” of the Constitution. “Mahendra Karma took a bitter stand against that movement” as a “representative of the selfish, urban business people, who…accumulated massive wealth,” it said.

The CPI(Maoist) blamed Karma also for the large-scale violence against tribal people during the Salwa Judum (peace march). “…we have avenged over a thousand Adivasis who were brutally murdered by Salwa Judum goons and the government’s armed forces,” it said.

Interestingly, while discussing corruption charges against Karma, the CPI (Maoist) has cited government reports. In 1999, Karma’s name was linked to a big timber scam called ‘Malik Makbuja.’ “A Lokayukta report revealed that during 1992-96, Karma, hand in glove with timber black-marketers, made millions of rupees by cheating Adivasi people,” the release said.

Karma had denied these allegations in separate interviews to this correspondent over the past few years.

The Maoists said Patel was killed for deployment of paramilitary forces when he was Home Minister, and Mr. Shukla had acted as “a people’s enemy” by working as a “loyal servant of imperialists.”

Mr. Usendi apologised for the death of “innocent people” in the attack.

“During this massive attack, some innocent people and some lower-level Congress activists, who were, in fact, not our enemies, were also killed... The Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) regrets this and expresses condolences and sympathies to the families.”

The release said Congress leaders who visited the State after the ambush did not have any “moral right” to discuss democracy. “… eight people, including three children, were killed by police and paramilitary forces on May 17 in Bijapur district. Why none of them thought of any democratic values at that time?” Mr. Usendi asked, pointing to more such incidents.

The release appealed to “people” to call off Operation Green Hunt, repeal various special Acts and “cancel” all memoranda of understanding “with corporates to exploit natural resources.”

Security officials are analysing the release mailed to journalists and trying to identify its point of origin. Apparently, the release was sent from a mobile phone, through a private telecommunication network.

Security intensified

Meanwhile, security for Karma’s family has been upgraded after his son Chabindra alleged that Maoists had announced that they would “annihilate the family within a week,” according to sources.

The biggest threat to democracy is not from Maoists. It is from the governance itself, specifically the systematic police torture condoned by our elected political masters.

As long as we have elected dictatorship ruling us, it will breed underground left-wing movements which are equally oppressive.

from:  Shahid Khan
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 20:01 IST

How convenient for the Naxals and the Maoists. While I do not support outfits such as Salwa Judum, I also do not support the Ultra left wing terrorists in the country. Why are the pseudo intellectuals not criticizing Naxal violence now. Is their violence more justified? Are they governing these areas better than the government? The intellectuals still believe it is more fashionable to discuss government atrocities, without coming up with suggestions to mainstreaming moderate elements among naxals and improving democratic institutions and governance in naxalism prone areas.

from:  Gaurav
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 09:13 IST

When 8 innocent tribals including 3 children were killed by police in
cold blood two weeks ago in Bijapur not a drop of tear was shed by any
govt functionary.Now that corrupt politicians have been killed
everybody including the President and the Prime Minister have condoled
and condemned.

from:  Ram Vilas Prasad
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 07:21 IST

The Maoist are indulged in War of Terror , they are killing the innocent
and have always tries to destablise the countries Unity and Integrity .
Who so ever may be on the hit list of the Maoist the lapse in the
security is really a serious issue . The need of time is to provide
adequate security to the People and the Politicians .

from:  RAJAT KUMAR MOHINDRU .JALANDHAR CITY.PUNJAB
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 07:00 IST

There is a good old saying that The society I live in decides whether
to take pen or gun in my hands. The Politicians are the worst and they
don't have any right to talk about democracy.

from:  Senthil
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 05:49 IST

Maoists struggle is for equity, justice and opportunity. Democracy in India has failed to deliver that to majority of the population. India has become increasingly more corrupt, more unjust, and less tolerant. In 66 years of Independence Indian leadership has failed to address the core issue of human dignity with dispensation of Justice. Nobody, in right mind believe that Maoists can achieve their state goal with Armed Struggle against the might of India, however, to write them off as a "terrorist Outfit" will be mistake. Their ideological reasons are valid and legitimate. Their tactics are highly deplorable. Indian government response to send in more troops is a knee jerk reaction. Neither political parties or social groups have an answer to Maoists armed struggle.

from:  Naveed
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 01:12 IST

Violence is violence, and cannot be justified against the country and government. If the Maoists really want to help the people they are fighting for, why not join the mainstream politics, if you are really popular with the people, they will surely elect you, and you can do a lot of good. Senseless killing only invites reprisals, and when a handful of rebels stands against the might of the Indian army, only one result can ensue. The sad thing is that many innocent villagers may suffer before this is brought to rest.

Interestingly, many of the leaders of the Maoist movement are not necessarily tribals, or even poor. They are driven primarily by an egoistic power need to make all people the same, however, they see it like this: if they come to power, they would rule over the entire people with an iron hand, as it happened in Russia and China.

Every effort must be made to stop this evil, even though it is disguised as a beacon of the poor and oppressed.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 00:10 IST

I believe media has not been impartial. Reporting of the attack was one
sided. The cause and effect has not been investigated properly by the
media. The portrayal of Karma who was the boss of an extra governmental
organisation like Salva Judum which is the root cause of all the evil-
torture, rape and moving large population of tribal in to camps is not
properly reported. I believe Karma has met his karma as he was asking
for it.

from:  satish
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 19:08 IST

There are many causes which instigated this brutal of Bastar.First, Laws, policies etc. should be meant for the benefit of society.Secondly,if any thing goes wrong( like the writer mentioned "Rape" of tribal women )then a strong judicial system should be present to resolve the grievances of justice-seeking people,lacking of which results in retaliation and a chain reaction triggers many more other innocent people's

from:  vipul kumar mishra
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 16:11 IST

What seriously flawed concept is this salwa judum. It is like the state
hiding behind the common people after giving them arms.

from:  Anan Dixit
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 15:08 IST

@Chandan: what happened is severly tarnising ruling party image but no one wants to initiate such barberic act. As It was well known act scheduled to happen only no one had clue of timing. We can regret on this but reality could be something horrendous. I can see again "Rape" word in article which seems was actual trigger of this heinous act. which side I must think, I can not rely only on Media words. Thanks.

from:  chandan mishra
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 14:46 IST
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