Claiming responsibility for Saturdays attack on Congress leaders in Bastar region which claimed 24 lives,banned outfit CPI(Maoist) on Tuesday demanded immediate suspension of all operations against it across the country.
The aim behind this attack was to kill Mahendra Karma and other Congress leaders. During the two-hour long gunbattle between commanders of CPI(Maoist) and security forces,some innocent people and low-level Congress workers were killed. They were not our enemies but they lost their lives. We express regret over their death and offer our condolence to the bereaved families, said Gudsa Usendi,spokesperson of the Dandkaranya Special Zonal Committee in a statement.
He accused slain leaders Karma,architect of the Salwa Judum movement,and PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel of corruption and implementing anti-people policies in Chhattisgarh. The outfit also accused senior Congress leader V C Shukla,who sustained serious injuries in the attack,of playing an active role in framing pro-industrialist measures in the state.
Karma,who has been called a tribal leader,is from a feudal family of Manjhi caste. His family has been traditional oppressors of the tribals, said the statement.
Salwa Judum has become a bane for people living in Bastar region. A lot of atrocities were carried out against innocent men and women in the name of this movement… Karma himself led some of the movements of Salwa Judum in villages, it said. Through this attack,we have taken revenge on behalf of people who were made to suffer in the name of Salwa Judum, added the statement.
Soon after the attack,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi,Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh termed it (killing) as an attack on democratic values. BJP president Rajnath Singh asked all to rise above politics to fight against Naxalism and terrorism. We ask if they have any moral right to take the name of democracy and democratic values?
Recently,eight people including three children were killed by police and paramilitary forces on May 17 in Bijapur district in an encounter. Why none of them thought of any democratic values at that time? said Usendi,as he cited some more incidents in which tribals were reportedly killed by security forces.
CPI (Maoist) appeals to all people to immediately call off Operation Green Hunt and take back all security forces deployed there. Army should not be deployed in Bastar region in the name of training. All leaders languishing in jails should be immediately released. Strict legislations like the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Chhattisgarh Special People Security Act should be repealed. All MoUs with corporates to exploit natural resources should also be cancelled, Usendi added.
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