As The Indian Express reported Thursday, a 25-page document recovered from the Maoists in April details plans to cash in on local issues, such as the price of bamboo, to gain local support in the new zone, as they did in Bastar.
Warning cadre in the new zone to “proceed with caution”, it says, “Secrecy is not being kept, there is hurriedness, those we taking into the organisation are not being talked to in depth about our politics and work.
The 25-page document, recovered after an encounter in April, states that for the first time, cadre up to the level of divisional commander have been allowed the use of mobile phones and tablets for easy access to reading material.
The new area covers forested pockets in districts such as Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh, Gondia in Maharashtra, and northern Rajnandgaon and parts of CM Raman Singh’s home district Kabirdham and Mungeli in Chhattisgarh.
BJP President Amit Shah was speaking to a collection of “eminent persons” of Chhattisgarh, on the second day of his three-day trip to the state, with a view to strengthening the party before elections in late 2018.
While government officials said the amendment passed on May 26 was a “step forward”, activists denounced the amendment. They said the amendment continued the inhuman practice of not giving the tribes “autonomy over their own bodies”.
With roads, bridges and Railways, the government is betting on a Rs 3,270-crore infrastructure push to make inroads into Bastar. But as the attack on a CRPF road opening party by Naxals that killed 25 shows, it is up against violence, and more.
The Indian Express reported Wednesday that a proposal to adopt a new technology that would cut time taken to construct a 1-km road stretch to just around two days had been gathering dust with the Chhattisgarh government for at least three years.
Senior police officers said the ambush took place after personnel from the 74th battalion of CRPF had emerged from their camp to secure an under-construction road in a Maoist stronghold in south Sukma.
They died following sterilisation operations in Chhattisgarh, conducted in government camps. The Sunday Express returns to fathers struggling to raise their children and families holding on to fraying memories.
Arguing for the villagers, advocate Yug Choudhary said that there were many holes in the state’s version of the events. He said medical evidence has shown wounds from sharp-edged objects on the injured.