Bastar will be free from dance of death: Modi

Maoist backlash: One killed, while other people abducted from four villages released. But, Inspector General of Police, Bastar region, R.P. Kalluri, called the "abduction", a "fiction" created by the media.

Updated - November 16, 2021 05:03 pm IST

Published - May 10, 2015 08:18 am IST - RAIPUR

Dantewada: Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays with  school student at Saksham Education City, Jawanga, Dantewada, in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. PTI Photo  (PTI5_9_2015_000056A)

Dantewada: Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays with school student at Saksham Education City, Jawanga, Dantewada, in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI5_9_2015_000056A)

Inaugurating two projects with an estimated investment of Rs 24,000 crore in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh where Maoists hold sway, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the banned outfit to shun violence and support the government’s development efforts. Mr Modi said: “Violence cannot provide a solution to anything,” while addressing a meeting in Dantewada which the Maoists tried to disrupt by calling a “Bastar Mahabandh” and preventing villagers from attending.

“I appeal to the Maoists to spend a few days with those who have lost their dear ones to violence. Spend some time with the families destroyed by your (Maoists') violence and you will realize that you are on a wrong path,” the Prime Minister said. “I am sure that humanity exists in people who indulge in such activities and they will change.”

Just hours before Mr Modi spoke, 80 km away in Sukma district, the Maoists rounded up hundreds of people from four villages for supporting developmental work, defying their diktat. The ultras killed one villager and released the rest of them after 20 hours. Official sources in Delhi told The Hindu that the Maoists took only “five-seven people” hostage, but many villagers had followed them to negotiate the release. Mr. Modi said: “I have a strong belief that if Punjab can be free from terror and Naxalbari can be free from Maoism, then one day Bastar will be free from this dance of death. Chhattisgarh will be number one State if Maoism vanishes from the State.”

A look at the many facets of this protracted armed struggle from the archives of The Hindu

Villagers were abducted on May 09, 2015. One was killed, others were released later. >Read more

BJP workers and villagers were stopped from reaching Modi's rally in Dantewada. >Read more

Bastar will be free from dance of death, said Modi. >Read more

>The Rebels strike back

This battle has been running for decades, reports Jatin Gandhi.

>Read more

>The bloodiest battle

Pavan Dahat reports on the bloodiest battle of Chhattisgarh.

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>View from the Maoist side

Maoists say that the fight will go on, reports Marri Ramu.

>Read more

>Crisis in the ranks

K. Srinivas Reddy reports on the crisis in the maoist ranks.

>Read more

>Slideshow: Massacre in Dantewada

On April 6, 2010, Maoists triggered two landmines in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh.

>In pics: Maoists strike again

On May 18, 2010, they struck again with a powerful IED explosion.

>Editorial: Lessons from Dantewada-2

The massacre was talked about in The Hindu's Editorial on May 19, 2010.

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