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Politics Naxalites created second liberated zone

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  1. kds1980

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    Naxals dig in, Kolkata dithers over Lalgarh












    As three of the five companies of Central paramilitary forces awaited instructions from an undecided, floundering Bengal government to enter the Maoist state within state in this corner of west Midnapore bordering Jharkhand, the flag bearers of India’s most powerful and long-lived extremist movement unleashed carnage yet again, killing three CPI(M) workers in a drive-by shooting and destroying homes of other party leaders.

    The People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA), which is spearheading the anti-government movement and has turned this area of 1,000 square kilometers and 1,100 villages into the country’s second ‘liberated’ zone — after Dantewada in Chhatisgarh — is seeking to increase their sway from next week by laying siege to Goaltore and Salboni 50 km away from Lalgarh.

    At 7.30 am today, six men on three motorcycles riddled with bullets three CPI(M) members who were drinking tea at a stall on the National Highway 6 in Bankshole village. One of these attacked tried to escape. The killers gave pursuit for a kilometer-and-a-half, and then gunned him down.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has called the Maoists the “gravest challenge to India’s security”, told reporters on board Air India One today: “The home minister has good ideas and we will take effective action. Its [the Naxalite issue’s] seriousness is fully appreciated and recognised by our government.”

    Although caught in the web of escalating violence, the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee-led ruling CPI(M) was in a bind about how to respond. Bhattacharjee is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister next week.

    On Wednesday, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram bluntly told the CM to reclaim areas dominated by the Maoists to control the deteriorating law and order situation. “The impression is that one side of the government is willing to take action, the other side of the government is worried about the consequences. Now, it is the judgement the CM must make. They must move the (security) forces to the affected areas and must reclaim that area which is now dominated by the Maoists.”

    But how to act is the question the CPI(M) has not yet answered. While many of its senior leaders saw retaliatory attacks as the only option, others — still fresh from the party’s decimation in the LS polls after the violence unleashed by its cadre in Nandigram to aid land acquisition for industry alienated its loyal, peasant voters — said it could not afford more bloodshed.

    That is unlikely to comfort Chandi Karan, 47, the party’s local committee secretary in Belatikli village. His house was burnt down today. “I have no savings,” he said. “I am out on the streets with my mother, wife and two daughters.”

    Keeping mum seemed like the only option. “We have no plans to take revenge for our losses,” said another CPI(M) member Anuj Pandey, 49, whose house had been demolished by angry villagers. “Villagers are being misguided and threatened to act against us.” Riding on the back of allegations of misappropriation of money by CPI(M) leaders and of not implementing properly schemes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, disenchanted villagers have bought into the Maoists’ dream. They are now ready to act as human shields for the Maoists were the paramilitary forces or state police to come in.

    Bengal’s home secretary, Ardhendu Sen, visited the West Midnapore district headquaters along with senior police officers this evening. “The state government is ready for action,” he said. But he did not say when and how.
     
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    kds ji -- I hope you don't mind my reply. There are some members, myself included, who do not have background to understand the article. I looked this up and found a good link which I would like to post. It gives some context for this story, and dates to 2006

    India's Naxalites: A spectre haunting India | The Economist
     
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    kds ji

    I think we have it in sequence now. People who didn't know about it should be able to put it all in context.
     
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    After foiling resistance by Maoist-backed tribals, security forces on Friday resumed their push cautiously towards Lalgarh, a stronghold of the ultras, sweeping the roads for mines as the agitators blew up a bridge to stall their movement.

    The forces moved out from Pirakata where they had halted for the night and resumed the march towards Lalgarh, 26 km away, in a pincer movement from Pirrakuli and Sarenda in adjacent Bankura district, a senior police officer said.

    They used mine detectors to sweep the roads and forests before driving ahead in heavy vehicles from Pirrakuli, 10 km from Pirakata.

    An IAF helicopter made a sortie over Lalgarh, where Maoist leaders, including a key functionary Kisanji, were believed to be holed up, dropping leaflets asking the people not to allow themselves to be used as human shields.

    The tribals under the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities blocked all the roads leading to Lalgarh which has come under their control with the police having withdrawn from camps earlier fearing capture of their weapons.

    Roads at Dahijuri and Dherua were dug up and trees felled to obstruct the advance by armed police and Central security forces, while a bridge over a river at Binpur was blown up, the police official said.

    The security forces planned to set up base camps at Goaltore, Salboni and Jhargram, besides in Pirakata, he said.
     
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    Dear Khalsa Ji,

    Govt writ should run in the entire country. The constitutionally empowered entities alone should rule. Yet it has to rule over the people of the country, state, or those who come under the jurisdiction of local bodies.

    News media should tell us why these tribals are agitated? Why they are resorting to this extreme form of protest? Is it because of the neglect by local or provincial bodies? Did any one interfere with thier established culture or tradition? Are we moving on the path of modernisation to fast for these tribals to keep pace? Have we created institutional framwork for these tribal in thier land to get educated to cope with the need of the present day life? Are we sensitive enough to the feelings and needs of these marginalised people?

    Gun powder can kill, then there will be no one to be ruled, it is not an ultimate solution.

    We must try to enliven the humanity. We must understand the tribals and be understood by them.There should be peace - peace that prevails in elegant gardens and not the peace that prevails in graveyards.

    As the situation is the extra constitutional entities are ruling that area, Govt. has the duty and the power to establish the rule of law there and also nurture the alround growth of our tribal citizens at a pace which they can bear. Hospital, schools, vocational training institutes etc should be set up there. It takes time but will have an effect. People take to arms and become willing to give up their lives, when they have nothing to loose further. It is unfortunate that we Indians have allowed the things to reach this stage.

    It is a sensitive matter, care needs to be exercised.

    It is the same 'Sat' who has given you, me and them a human form.

    With love and respect for all.

    Amarpal Singh

    With love and respect for all
     
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