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CPI (Maoist) appeals to SPOs in the wake of July 4 SC judgement

Posted by ajadhind on August 17, 2011

COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST)
DANDAKARANYA SPECIAL ZONAL COMMITTEE
Press Release

July 7, 2011
An Appeal from Maoists to SPOs (Special Police Officers)
Defeat the ploys of the government to divide us and rule!
Stop fighting for the exploiters and oppressors
and come back to your villages!!

The Supreme Court delivered a judgment on the petition filed by social activist Nandini Sundar, historian Ramchandra Guha and ex-bureaucrat E.A.S. Sharma on July 4, 2011 and ordered the Chhattisgarh government that appointment of Adivasis as SPOs on the pretext of fighting Maoists and arming them with guns should be stopped. The SC opined that the very appointment of SPOs is unconstitutional. Previously too it had commented several times in the negative about Salwa Judum, SPO and Koya commandos.
In fact, since the launch of the fascist repressive campaign in the name of Salwa Judum (SJ) by the central and state governments in a planned manner, the process of appointing Adivasi youth as SPOs began. Since then in a series of repressive campaigns in the name of SJ and later in the name of Operation Green Hunt (OGH) nearly 700 villages were destroyed. Each village was burnt down in phases. More than 1200 people were killed. Hundreds of women were gang raped. Many of them were murdered too. Granaries were razed to ground. Properties were looted. Hens, pigs and goats were whisked away. In all these terrorizing acts SPOs recruited from Adivasis were pushed to the forefront. It was the SPOs that were pushed to the forefront to act as guides to the paramilitary forces and to identify the people and their houses when they attack villages. Later due to the decision taken to recruit SPOs on a huge scale their numbers increased to nearly 5,000. Some selected SPOs were given training by Greyhounds and Rashtriya Rifles of Indian Army and a new force called Koya commando was constituted. As it was not possible to suppress the Maoist movement even with the repressive methods employed by all these types of armed forces, the state has now deployed the Army as its last resort. Though this deployment is done in the name of `training’ at present, in fact the process of directly using the Army in the `War on People’ has started.
The ruling classes have launched this unjust war against the people with the evil design of turning the whole of Dandakaranya which is home to immense natural resources into the grazing field for MNC and big bourgeoisie corporate loot. They took up a policy of displacing people from the villages and forests on a huge scale to implement this plan. Local Adivasi youth were appointed as SPOs and Koya commandos and countless atrocities were perpetrated through them.
Our party believes that many of the SPOs had not gone on their own will and that they had turned into SPOs due to several kinds of pressures. Several of them were arrested, forcefully shifted to `relief’ camps, beaten, abused, threatened that they would be killed and thus turned into SPOs. Though at first they turned into SPOs fearing state terror, later gradually they became part of the force and have participated in all the atrocities perpetrated on the people. Some of the SPOs have participated in violence and atrocities on people against their will. They are feeling sorry for that. Several of the SPOs are not even aware that they have been used as pawns in the brutal orgy of terror and violence unleashed by white and khaki robed compradors like Mahendra Karma, Raman Singh, Viswaranjan, Nankiram by deploying thousands of police, paramilitary, Naga-Mizo battalions etc.
Home minister Chidambaram who is acting as the CEO of OGH, the war on people announced that he would conduct a meeting with chief ministers of the states where the Maoist movement is strong in the light of the above judgment. It is obvious that this meeting is being conducted with the conspiracy of finding out ways to continue this system of SPOs and Koya commandos under a different name. Politicians, top police brass and bureaucrats from Delhi and Raipur are now cracking their heads to somehow continue this SPO system in this unjust war on the people.
We want to make it clear to all the SPOs that this war is not between them and us. This war is being fought between a small minority of exploiters and the entire toiling masses of this country. On one side are the 95 percent of oppressed masses – the workers, peasants, middle classes, dalits, Adivasis, petty bourgeoisie and the national bourgeoisie; on the other side are the big landlords and the comprador bureaucratic bourgeoisie. These enemy classes have the complete support of the imperialists. These exploiting classes are using you as pawns by recruiting you into their repressive machinery. You are made into guinea pigs. As part of their `divide and rule’ policy they are bringing a section of the people to the forefront and are trying to portray this as a `civil war’ between the people. They stood you against the very people of whom you were once a part. `Patriotism’ and `defence of the country’ are some of the lies used by the ruling classes to incite you against the people’s movements that are fought with just demands. In fact, it is these very classes which are using you as cannon fodder that are the biggest enemies to our country. They are scamsters who have resorted to scams worth billions of rupees; they have mortgaged not only the riches of our country but also its sovereignty for the sake of kickbacks; they have stashed away billions of rupees of black money in Swiss banks by indiscriminate loot of the people of our country. It is due to these scamsters and gangsters that 77 percent of our population is not able to eat even two times per day. They have pushed us into the quagmire of poverty, price rises, unemployment, epidemics, starvation deaths, malnutrition etc. So do identify your real enemies. Don’t forget that your barrels are pointing at your very own people at present.
Dandakaranya Special Zonal committee of CPI (Maoist) calls upon all the SPOs to leave their jobs and come back to their villages. We, the party and the people, promise to rehabilitate all those SPOs who come back to their villages, accept all the crimes they have committed and seek the mercy of the people while severing all kinds of connections with the government machinery. Janatana Sarkar, the people’s government, would provide them lands and other instruments of production. They would be provided a guarantee for livelihood. So, we appeal to all the SPOs to come out of the vicious circle and the false propaganda of these exploitative governments. Do not crave for the morsels thrown by them, try to stand on your own feet and live with raised heads among the people of your villages. Do not live a life of insecurity and restlessness. Stand in support of the just struggles of the people of Dandakaranya fought against the absolute corporate loot of invaluable natural riches and for right over Jal-Jungle-Zameen.

(Gudsa Usendi)
Spokesperson
Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee
CPI (Maoist)
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List of people killed by state armed forces in Dandakaranya during Operation Green Hunt, from its beginning on August 10, 2009 through December 2010”,

Posted by ajadhind on June 3, 2011

AN APPEAL

Dear Friends! This is the list of people killed by state armed forces in Dandakaranya from 10 August 2009, when the Operation Green Hunt was commenced, to 31 December 2010. Amidst immense state terror prevailing in Dandakaranya, it was not so easy to collect the names and other details of all those persons killed by state forces. Here, we have recorded the names of civilian people as well as armed Maoists, killed in both fake and real encounters. There may certainly be some more killed persons whose names were not known to us or gone completely unreported.

We request all of you to publish this list in your newspapers and websites so that the whole world could understand what kind of state voilence is going on upon the people of Dandakaranya.

(Gudsa Usendi)

Spokesperson

Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee

Communist Party of India (Maoist)

 

 

POLICE KILLINGS IN DANDAKARANYA (From 10 Aug 2009-2010) IN OPERATION GREEN HUNT

Date

No. of People Killed

Name

Sex/Age

Native Village

Site of killing

Block/ District

How were they killed?

10-Aug-09

6

Oyam Sagar

M/30

Vecham

Between Oukyam and Vecham villages

Bijapur

All were caught and shot dead. Out of them the only girl Somli was our unarmed comrade. Rest were innocent peasants

Emla Pandru

M/25

Choukanpal

Hapka Lingu

M/25

Tati Lakmu

M/25

Etepadu

Tati Aitu

M/45

Karam Somli

F/16

Timmenar

13-Aug-09

2

Madkam Sannu

M/45

Keshmundi

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

Killed in fake encounter

Podiyam Somdu

M/30

7-Sep-09

1

Kunjam Bhima

M

Duvvalkarka

Duvvalkarka

Dantewada

caught and shot dead

7-Sep-09

1

Madkam Raju

M/20

Timmenar

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

8-Sep-09

4

Sodi Sona

M/55

Gollagudem

Gollagudem

Dantewada

caught and shot dead but encounter not declared

Sodi Bheemal

M/45

Sodi Aite

F/25

Madivi Deval

M/50

13-Sep-09

1

Kavasi Sukram

M/25

Keskuttul

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

17-Sep-09

1

Madivi Deval

M/30

Singanmadugu

Singanmadugu

Dantewada

caught and killed in cold blood and not declared

17-Sep-09

5

Dudi Muye

F/70

Gachampally

Gachanpally

Dantewada

caught and killed in cold blood and not declared

Madivi Adamal

M/45

beaten unto death and not declared

Madakam Chulal

M/45

Madivi Jogal

M/60

Madivi Gangal

M/70

17-Sep-09

5

Paddem Deval

M/25

Dudi Pojjal

M/15

Sodi Masal

M/20

Gattampadu

Between Nallabelly and Gollapally villages

Dantewada

caught and killed in cold blood

Tuniki Sinnal

M/35

Sodi Shanesh

M/43

Palachelima

17-Sep-09

1

Dudi Adamal

M/35

  Paidagudem

26-Sep-09

3

Kalmu Gangi

F/50

Poojarikanker

Between Poojarikanker and Gunjur villages

Bijapur

caught separately when they were working in fields and shot dead

 

M/

Gunjur

 

M/

22-Sep-09

2

Sukhram Koudo

M

Kosronda

Kosronda

Kanker

SPOs killed these persons and thrown away their deadbodies in same village Kosronda. They put a poster to paint it as a Maoist killing

Lachhan Dhurwa

M

1-Oct-09

12

Madivi Bajaru

M/40

Gompad

Gompad

Dantewada

Killed in indiscriminate firing and not declared

Soyam Subba

M/35

Madivi Yenka

M/50

Soyam Subba

M/20

Soyam Jogi

F/18

Kartam Kanni

F/23

Madivi Mutti

F/10

Madivi Deval

M/35

Gopalpuram (AP)

Kartam Mutta

M/40

Chintaguppa

Musaki Deva

M/

Kunadabba

Kunjam Arly

M/17

Velpocha

Musaki Muka

M/32

Nulkatongu

1-Oct-09

1

Muchaki Handa

M/40

Dabba

Dantewada

caught and shot dead

7-Oct-09

1

Madakam Raju

M/20

Timmenar

Kamulur

Bijapur

This student activist was caught and shot dead

13-Oct-09

1

Podiyam Somdu

M/45

Kutul lakka

Kutul lakka

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

17-Oct-09

2

Kovasi Sukram

M/45

Kankagudem

Kankagudem

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

Madkam Sannu

M/45

23-Oct-09

1

Shyambatti @ Batti

F/20

Gattakal

Anjreli

Narayanpur

Caught in Padangal village and taken to Narayanpur. Police tortured and killed in cold blood. Her body thrown away in Anjrelli village and declared as encounter

24-Oct-09

1

Madivi Ungal

M/20

Gundam

Pusubaka

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

24-Oct-09

2

Sodi Gangi

F/40

Pujarikanker

Pujarikanker

Bijapur

raped and killed

24-Oct-09

2

Musaki Kosa M/25

Gunjur

Gunjur

Bijapur

caught and shot dead

Sodi Unga M/22

8-Nov-09

1

Gandam Sukram

M/38

Nangalgudem

Dantewada

Killed and declared as road accident

8-Nov-09

2

Dirdo Madka

M/60

Kachlaram

Kachlaram

Bhopalpatnam/Bijapur

indiscriminately fired and killed

Kovasi Suklu

M/65

10-Nov-09

7

Madkam Hunga

M/45

Tettemadugu

Killed at two different places

Konta/Dantewada

caught and shot dead

Madkam Hidma

M/30

Dudhi Rajal

M/50

Kartam Aital

M/30

Doragudem

Madkam Badral

M/25

Dokpad

Vendo Mangdu

M/27

Madivi Jogal

M/35

Palodi

15-Nov-09

1

Mansu Dhurwa

M/14

Markanar

Near Koelibeda

Kanker

7th Class student of Koelibeda High School. Killed in cold blood and declared as an encounter

20-Nov-09

1

Madkam Deva

M/40

Burgum

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

Killed in fake encounter

24-Nov-09

2

Madivi Baman

M/11

Pangodi

Pangodi

Usur/Bijapur

These persons were father and son who were caught and shot dead

Madivi Sadhu

M/11

27-Nov-09

1

Madkam Mangu

M/25

Hiroli

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

3-Dec-09

1

Madivi Budhram

M

Korinjed

Kachlaram

Bhopalpatnam/Bijapur

caught and shot dead

11-Dec-09

7

Kunjam Hurra

M/18

Gumiyapal

Sammeli

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

caught when they were asleep and taken away to Kirandul. Next day shot dead at a nearby village

Madivi Joga

M/25

Barse Somdu

M/30

Midiyam Bhuma

M/35

Midiyam Sukka

M/17

Madivi Gutta

M/40

Tati Hidma

M/25

Aranpur

11-Dec-09

1

Sitaram Korram

M/

Toter

Toter

Narayanpur

dragged from his house and tortured and shot dead then declared him as deputy commander of the local squad

15-Dec-09

2

Veko Sombaru

M/30

Kotrapal

Kotrapal

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

caught and shot dead

Madivi Motli

F/25

21-Dec-09

3

Suklu Mandavi

M

Odsapara

Bijapur

A 150-member killer gang of SPOs and Police came from Bangapal and Kosoli Camps and picked these people from their villages and shot them dead

Lachhu Poyam

M

Karkaveda

Kosa Mandavi

M

30-Dec-09

2

Punem Pandru

M/45

Vechapal

Vechapal

Bijapur

These persons were father and son who were caught and shot dead

Punem Motu

M/20

7-Jan-10

1

Korsa Munna

M/18

Mankeli

Mankeli

Bijapur

Caught and killed

9-Jan-10

4

Madivi Bandi

F/34

Surpangudem

Near Chintalnar

Konta/Dantewada

caught and shot dead

Kalmu Paiki

F/25

Midiyam Gujja

M/18

Ursa Unga

M/20

Durvondarbha

11-Jan-10

3

Hapka Sombaru

M/17

Kotrapal

Kotrapal

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

Caught and killed

Emla Sukku

M/35

Boggami Raju

M/20

12-Jan-10

1

Madkam Joga

M/22

Kottagudem

Rangaiguda

Konta/Dantewada

caught and shot dead

15-Jan-10

2

Madkam Handa

M/25

Rangaiguda

Podiyam Raju

M/20

Permapara

17-Jan-10

1

Kalmu Chamru

M/35

Kaika

Kaika

Bijapur

Caught and shot dead

20-Jan-10

2

Mahesh Dhurwa

M/25

Kakbaras

Near Antagarh

Kanker

Police arrested these persons in Eekdand village on Jan 20 and killed after torturing them for sevaral days. Their dead bodies were found near a river on Jan 31 and a story concocted that unknown persons were killed.

Karthik Usendi

M/25

Kotul

23-Jan-10

4

Kunjam Motu

M/24

Kutrem

Between Kutrem and Kakadi hills

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

All of these innocent people were caught and killed.

Kunjam Bhima

M/25

Porokakad

Kunjam Hurra

M/20

Sammeli

Kadti Bhima

M/25

26-Jan-10

1

Nadugu Nureti

M/40

Kosronda

Raoghat/Kanker

picked up from his house and put an olive green uniform on him and killed in cold blood and then declared as encounter

29-Jan-10

1

Sudhakar Korram

M/22

Remawand village

Narayanpur

He was an unarmed member of our organization who was killed in indiscriminate firing and declared as encounter death

2-Feb-10

2

Emla Mangu

M/27

Paralnar

Paralnar

Gangalur/Bijapur

Caught and shotdead; Emla Mangu was PLGA member, while Lakshmi was village girl

Badse Lakshmi

F/20

3-Feb-10

7

Rama Kalmami

M/22

Takilod

Takilod

Bijapur

Police and SPOs team attacked village Takilod caught 14 people and selectevely Killed these 7 in most inhuman way

Asharam Emla

M/25

Jayram Emla

M/30

Anantram Veko

M/30

Motu Barsa

M/35

Raju Murami

M/20

Anatram Kalmami

M/2

3-Feb-10

1

Korsa Lakmu

M/40

Regadgatta

Cherpal

Bijapur/Bijapur

Caught and shot dead by joint forces

7-Feb-10

5

Santu Potai

M/25

Matala

Ongnar

Narayanpur

All of these were caught and killed in cold blood

Phoolo Vadde

F/22

Ongnar

Kade Potai

M/20

Addempad

Ramoli Vadde

F/22

Onapad

Dalsai Korram

M/22

Mandoki

9-Feb-10

1

Punem Ungal

M/30

Pottenar

Pottenar

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

caught and shot dead

17-Feb-10

1

Kursam Pandru

M/20

Gornam

Gornam

Bijapur

caught and killed

10-Feb-10

1

Kumili

F/22

Paiveru

Dumnar

Narayanpur

She was working in a farm run by Janatana Sarkar. SPOs and Informers caught her. They gangraped her and brutally beheaded

2-Apr-10

1

Soma Kadiyami

M/40

Kandadi

Near Kesekodi

Kanker

Taken away from village and shot him dead in cold blood

4-May-10

2

Lalsingh

M/22

Nariya

Rajubeda

Narayanpur

Sourrounded the local youth shot from point-blank

Sukhlal

M/20

Bailapad

16-May-10

2

Vanjami Malla

M/18

Gumiyapal

Gumiyapal

Kirandul/Dantewada

Shot dead and declared as encounter

Kunjami Aitu

M/23

Kutrem

19-May-10

1

Midiyam Bandi

M/27

Etem

Etem

Gadiras/Dantewada

Caught and shot dead

2-Jun-10

1

Sukhda Achla

M

Silparas Mettatola

Vala

Kanker

killed in indiscriminate firing on village youth

3-Jun-10

1

Maddal

M/14

Angmetta

Angmetta

Bijapur

Caught by SPOs while he was alone and stabbed to death

20-Jun-10

2

Deve

F/25

Indravati Area

Kohkametta

Narayanpur

Both were killed in indiscriminate firing by Police while they were cooking food for guerillas in village. Deve was a PLGA fighter, while Shivcharan was an unarmed villager.

Shivcharan

M/23

Muhandi

7-Jul-10

1

Oyam Mangu

M/19

Tarrem

Nakulnar

Kuvakonda/Dantewada

This PLGA fighter was killed in fierce fighting during PLGA raid on notorious Awadhesh Goutam’s house

24-Jul-10

1

Jagesh Koudo

M/

Gummer

Gummer

Raoghat/Kanker

no details

4-Aug-10

1

Kunjami Joga

M/23

Kutrem

Kutrem

Kirandul/Dantewada

Koya Commandos etc raided the village and shot dead while he was stepping out of his house.

11-Aug-10

3

Madkam Hidma

M/21

Rangaiguda

Rangaiguda

Konta/Dantewada

Killed in fake encounter by Koya Commandos

Veko Bojja

M/33

Bhima

M/25

17-Aug-10

1

Chaite

M/28

Enhur_NBT

Usebeda

Orchha/Narayanpur

SPOs with the help of some local informers caught this ACM level comrade while she was alone near a camp and killed in cold blood after gangrape.

9-Sep-10

1

Veko Kotlu

M/35

Kotrapal

Kotrapal

Bhairamgarh/Bijapur

Killed in a fake encounter

21-Sep-10

2

Vetti Hadma

M/22

Gommugudem

Usoor

Usoor/Bijapur

Both were killed in a real encouter

Oyam Budral

M/20

8-Oct-10

6

Names unknown

Sawargaon

Sawargaon

Dhanora/Gadchiroli

All of these were innocent villagers and school children, who were killed in indiscriminate mortar shelling by ITBP merceneries belonging to Kohka basecamp in Rajnandgaon district of CG, fired mortar shells who had gone mad after they were ambushed by PLGA in which 3 of their jawans were killed

9-Oct-10

8

Kosa @ Aitu

M/30

WBT

Padkipali

Sankara/Mahasamund

Out of 8 persons killed, only 6 were PLGA guerillas, laid down their lives while fighting with the enemy forces inflicting injuries to two STF personnel, whereas Goutam Patel and a labourer at his house were unarmed and innocent villagers who were dragged out of their house and shot dead in cold blood. Thus, it was partially real encounter.

Anita @ Natasha

F/25

Gattakal/NBT

Arjun @ Chandu

M/24

Pollevaya-IV area

Parvati

F/21

NBT

Rajbati

F/20

NBT

Lachhu

M/19

Usebeda-Maad

Goutam Patel

M/?

Padkipali

One labour

M/?

Padkipali

13-Oct-10

2

Madivi Masa

M/21

Gornam

Gornam

Bijapur

Caught and shot dead and declared as encounter

Sodhi Baman

M/25

15-Oct-10

2

Joga Kowasi @ Nagesh

M/36

Palodi-SBT

Bhilai

Durg

Both were were caught from Bhilai suburban area and shot dead and declared it as encounter

Prameela Mandavi

F/22

Pulunj-NBT

19-Oct-10

2

Kursam Kistaiah

M/24

Kottapally

Kottapally

Madded/Bijapur

Shot dead and declared as encounter and one young woman Kursam sangeeta (24) was arrected

Kursam Nagesh

M/23

21-Oct-10

2

Oyam Mangu

M/25

Burigil

Burigil

Gangalur/Bijapur

Killed when police fired indiscriminately on villagers

Oyam Manku

M/17

22-Oct-10

1

Unknown

M/

Kolar

Kanker

Police claimed this killing, has to be confirmed

25-Oct-10

1

Sannau Nuroti

M/30

Nibra

Madapa forest between Tadoki and Raoghat

Antagarh/Kanker

Caught from his house and next day killed in a fake encounter and declared him a platoon commander

23-Nov-10

9

Emla Phagu

M/21

Silinger

Jegurugonda/Mettaguda Para

Jegurgonda/Dantewada

All were killed in a fake encounter while they were on sentry duty to protect their crops

Korsa Madhu

M/25

Silinger

Korsa Sukkal

M/29

Silinger

Kunjam Suresh

M/29

Timpuram

Atami Bandi

M/26

Durvondarbha

Kadti Subbal

M/21

Durvondarbha

Uike Dula

M/22

Messum

Uike Sannu

M/21

Messum

Oyam Hidma

M/18

Vedire

10-Dec-10

2

Sadimek Laxmaiah

M/30

Gorli

Gorugonda

Bhadrakali/Bijapur

Caught and shot dead

Micha Bhima

M/30

Gorgonda

14-Dec-10

2

Shyam Shankar

M/21

Kandanar

Netanar

Darbha/Bastar

Caught and shot dead

Mahru

M/35

Koleng

TOTAL

181

 

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PRESS RELEASE ON THE FACT FINDING REPORT OF THE CHINTALNAR MASSACRE, 11 TO 16 MARCH 2011, CHHATTISGARH

Posted by ajadhind on April 4, 2011

A 13 member fact finding team of Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations visited the
Chintalnar Area of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh to probe into the incidents of atrocities
perpetrated by the Salwa Judum and the state forces on the adivasis living in this area between 11th
and 16th of March 2011.
The incidents was propagated by the police as an ‘encounter’ between the CRPF and Maoists in
which, according to the police, 36 Maoists were killed. Also 3 SPOs were killed and 9 others were
injured. The police had celebrated this incident in the media to prove their dominance over the
Maoists in this region. Media persons and fact finding teams were restricted from going inside on
the pretext that it is ‘war zone’ and the so-called war between the state and the Maoists are still going
on, hence it is risky for any outsider to go inside. Most recently, the state home minister, Nankiran
Kumar gave a written statement in the assembly stating that the Maoists had led the attack on
villagers and burnt and looted homes in a bid to divert attention of the police who were in the area for
‘area domination exercises’.
Against this backdrop of serious crimes committed by the security forces and salwa judum and the
cover up by the police and politicians, a fact finding team comprising various civil and democratic
rights activists and other individuals, went inside this area on the 26th and 27th of March 2011 and
visited Morupally, Timmapuram and Tadmetla villages. As members of the team, we spoke extensively
to the villagers and the victims of the incident. We were shocked to find that once again, the police
version propagated by the state is completely hoax and far from reality.
What exactly happened?
Morupally village
According to the residents, on the morning of 11 March 2011, a huge contingent of 300 paramilitary
and Salwa Judum forces attacked Morupally Village in the Chintalnar area after they got a prior
information that a big meeting of adivasis will be held there. While people started running towards
the forest for cover, the Judum forces, dressed in military fatigues, entered the village and started
attacking the elderly and women.
1. Death: Madvi Sula, an elderly villager was picking tamarind from the tree when the Judum
forces accosted him, accused him of being a Maoist informer and shot him dead in front of his wife
and hanged from a tree.
Woman raped by Salwa Judum (Koya commandos) 80 years old Madivi Bheema beaten by Salwa Judum
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2. Rape: Mangi Ganga was raped after her valuables and other belongings were looted from her
house. Emula Modey, a 35 year old woman, was raped after she was threatened for not disclosing
the location of the Andhra Maoist Dalam. The Judum members also took away 10,000 rupees
from her.
3. Assault and Arrest: Madivi Bheem, an 80 year old woman, was brutally assaulted. Her belongings
were also looted. While leaving the village, Judum members picked up Madvi Joga, his daughter,
Likke and his son Madvi Bheema and took them to Chintalnal PS. There, Likke was separated
from her brother and father, stripped and kept the whole night. The following morning when she
was handed over to her father, her clothes were not returned.
4. Burning of homes: 33 houses were burnt, looted and destroyed.
5. Identification of Accused: Villagers identified 9 members/leaders of Salwa Judum. They are:
Madakam Bheema, alias Ramesh from Junaguda; Telam Anda from Lakapole; Vanjam Deva
from Cherpan; Dasaru from Vilampalli; Ramulal from Bodikel; Maara from Morupally; Keche
Nanda from Korapad; Kartam Dula, alias Surya (Judum leader) from Misman; Payake, woman
Judum member from Timmapuram.
Timmapuram Village
Encounter between Salwa Judum and Maoist forcesTwo days later, on 13th March, the forces
advanced towards Timmapuram after ravaging Morapally village.
On the way, the next day Maoists came and tried to stop them. In the armed clash, that lasted for two
hours, one villager Bhima alias Sudarshan was killed while two other got injured. 3 SPOs were killed
while 9 others got injuries, of which one died later.
Killing of Bursey Bhima and burning of homes: The CRPF and Salwa Judum SPOs were
forced to retreat after the prolonged encounter. They came to Timmapuram village and took shelter
there. They made bunkers inside the village to quell probable Maoist attack. Before leaving the
village they set fire on 55 houses. Bursey Bhima was picked up by these forces from Pulampad
village on their way to Timmapuram. After setting the villages on fire, they hacked Bursey Bhima to
death with an axe. This is probably due to the fact that Bhima was an eye-witness of their entire
carnage.
Identification of Accused: People of Timmapuram have identified several Salwa Judum members
who led this carnage. They saw, Mantam Bhima alias Ramesh (from Jannaguda Village), Telem
Anda (of Lekapor Village), Wanjan Peva ( of Charpan Village), Dasaru (from Villampally Village),
Mara (of Monipally Village), Ramlal (of Bodikal Village), Keche Nanda (of Korapad), Kartam Dula
alias Surya (of Misman Village), an SPO and one woman SPO Payake from Timmapuram itself.
Houses Burnt in Timmapuram Village Villagers living in fear and withuot Shelter
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Tadmetla Village
From Timmapuram on their way back, they entered Tadmetla village and it became their next
target. In Tadmetla, they burnt a total of 207 houses. These houses were simply gutted to ashes.
They raped Marvi Jogi and beat her till she lost consciousness. When she came back to senses, she
found her cash and jewellery worth Rs. 12,000 missing. Around 20-25 other people in Tadmetla were
beaten up including children as young as 12 years old. Marvi Anda and Marvi Ayita of this village
were picked up by police and are still missing. They have not been produced even in police station.
We spoke to the affected villagers like the rape victim from Tarmetla village Marvi Joga. No case
has still been registered against anyone and not even a medical test has been done. Two people from
Tarmetla Muchaki Anda and Muchaki Ayita have gone missing and villagers claimed they have
been taken by the forces but are yet to be produced.
A rape victim of the Village and burnt housee
This one-sided ruthless attack by the state forces and Salwa Judum on innocent unarmed adivasis
were propagated in the media by the police as ‘ongoing encounter with the Maoists’. The rampage of
the salwa judum and state forces continued for almost five days. Two people were murdered cruelly,
while 3 women were raped. Almost three hundred homes were set on fire and completely gutted
down. They looted everything the adivasi people had including domestic animals like goats, cows,
chicken and pigs along with their money, jewelleries and other belongings. More than fifty people
have been grievously injured that includes children as young as 12 years old and women. This clearly
shows that the Salwa Judum is active and functioning like always. The state’s branding of them as
‘Koya Commandos’ is bogus. Despite the Supreme Court directive to disband Salwa Judum it is fully
functional and actively promoted and sponsored by the state.
These rampages were done with full consent and active support of the state. In the middle of these
unilateral atrocities, the state air-dropped rations and other food supply to the forces while taking
away the dead and the injured. On 24th March, the SDM had visited these villages with some relief
material. But even after he directly spoke to the villagers and saw the evidences of the atrocities, no
case has been registered against anybody. Even now instead of taking action against the perpetrators
of these atrocities, the state is still stopping civil rights activists and individuals to visit the area.
People in Morupally and Timmapuram are living in utter dire condition. People in these two villages
have received no relief from the state. They said that they have got some interim relief from the
Maoists. Many of them are staying under trees. After the fact finding team left, one local newspaper
reported of six starvation deaths in Morupally village which needs to be confirmed. We have been
inside these areas for two days, only to see that there was no ‘encounter’ with the Maoists as claimed
by the police, which is nothing but a myth propagated by the state to justify these atrocities.
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The attack by the state forces and the Salwa Judum was heinous and the attack on the innocent
adivasis has been done persistently by the state and its mercenaries in the name of ‘Operation Green
Hunt’. These villages were particularly targeted as they have done alternative development works
like digging ponds, distributing lands among the landless, making irrigation facilities which the
state has failed to provide in all these decades. As we saw these areas are still the most underdeveloped
regions of the country and all that the state has done is to violate the rights of autonomy of the
adivasis, denied them of their basic means of livelihood and life and now they are perpetrating such
monstrous atrocities by Salwa Judum and paramilitary forces.
We condemn these outrageous acts of state violence and demand:
• Registering the cases of rape, murder, atrocities and kidnap against the CRPF and Salwa
Judum
• Exemplary punishment for the perpetrators of the crime.
• Immediate providing of medical facilities to the injured and medical tests of the rape victims
• Compensation of the people according to their specific losses
• Allowing more civil rights organisation and media persons to go inside the area.
• As per direction of the Supreme Court the salwa judum must be disbanded immediately and
functioning of the Salwa Judum in the name of ‘Koya Commandos’ must be stopped.
• Operation Green Hunt must be stopped immediately
Members of the fact finding team:
Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC)
C.H. Chandrashekhar,
V. Chitti Babu
R. Rajanandam
V. Raghunath
G. Ravi
K. Viplav Kumar
K. Sireesha
Centre for Protection of Civil Liberties (CPCL)
R. Murugesan
CDRO Convenor (Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR Delhi)
Ashish Gupta
Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Kolkata (APDR)
Prashanta Haldar
Dalit Bahujan Social Activist
U. Sambasivarao
Democratic Students Union, JNU
Banojyotsna Lahiri
Research scholar and activist, Wardha University
Chandrika,

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The Line Of No Control

Posted by ajadhind on June 21, 2010

source – tehelka

MORE ADIVASIS ARE BEING RAPED. MORE ADIVASIS ARE BEING ARMED. THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMS IT IS DISAPPEARING, BUT THE SALWA JUDUM CONTINUES TO FUEL A PROXY CIVIL WAR. TUSHA MITTAL REPORTS FROM GROUND ZERO. PHOTOGRAPHS BY TARUN SEHRAWAT

AT A clearing in the forests of Chhattisgarh, barely a kilometre from the Chintalnar CRPF camp, a man in civvies walked up to our local guide. “Don’t take them any further. Remember, you have to live in this state,” he threatened.

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Price of rice Tribal women walk back to their village through dense jungle, carrying rice from a ration shop 20 km away. Few buses ply the route in these times of escalated conflict

A few hours earlier, we had chanced upon a Naxal poster nailed on a tree, saying 10 women were raped by the forces. We were waiting for motorcycles to visit their villages. The narrow strip of road slowly disintegrates ahead of Chintalnar, after which the ‘interior villages’ are considered Maoist strongholds. In the myopic narrative of the state, any attempt to venture into these areas is seen as an attempt to assist the Maoists.

Despite repeated attempts, security forces did not allow TEHELKA to go beyond the Chintalnar camp. Reasons ranged from safety concerns to the pretext of a Naxal bandh. “No one is being allowed into the area,” said Dornapal Assistant Sub-Inspector SK Dhurve. We watched as trucks and buses passed through without hindrance. TEHELKA then met the rape victims by crossing over into Andhra Pradesh, traversing an alternative back route through deep forests. What was an 80-km journey stretched to atleast 300 km.

In the Chhattisgarh conflict, there are many tools of war — the clampdown on civil society, the unplugging of Adivasis from access to the media or the judiciary, the arming of civilians, fake encounters, the arbitrary detention of villagers, and now a brutal targeting of tribal women. Rape has become a way to terrorise an entire community into submission. The Adivasis of Dantewada are increasingly being left with two choices — become part of the ‘mainstream’ or flee further into the forests.

Already, a new exodus has begun. The village of Mukram, only a few kilometres from where the Maoists ambushed 76 security personnel, is turning into a ghost village. On May 22, three girls were raped and five people including the Sarpanch picked up.

Facing a backlash from the troops, most of the 115 families are fleeing to Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. “The forces broke into my house during search operations,” says Mangal Kunjam. “Who knows what they might do next. We are leaving for Orissa tomorrow.”

OF RAPES AND REFUGEES

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Victims of bestiality Tribal women accuse SPOs and security forces of rape

At the edge of the forest, under a bamboo thatch, a lone clay pot simmers on a log fire. Crushed chillies and strewn clothes are the only markers of habitation. This clearing in the forest is now home to two sisters — Madvi Hidme and Madvi Aimla — who recently fled their mud huts in Mukram. A third girl, Madvi Posse, hides in her aunt’s hut a few kilometres away.

Hidme, Aimla and Posse are the new pawns in a brutal war raging inside India’s heartland. All three girls, 14-18 years, accuse the forces of rape.

‘DON’T RUN, I WILL MARRY YOU,’ AN SPO TOLD MADVI HIDME AFTER SHE WAS RAPED. ‘ELSE I’LL CUT YOU UP AND BURY YOU IN CEMENT’

At around 4 pm on May 22, they were sorting mahua flowers when they were picked up by patrolling troops and taken towards the Chintalnar CRPF camp. Two men held each girl by the arm. Midway, the women were thrown on the ground and beaten. They say the assaulters were a group of SPOs — Special Police officers — in shirts and lungis, joined at varying points by men in uniform. “You are so healthy, the Naxals must be feeding you well,” a man sneered at Hidme.

“They stamped on us with their boots. They kicked us in the stomach. They thrashed our backs with a gun and poked us with rifle butts. They beat us till our skin turned black and blue and until we soiled ourselves. They tore our clothes off. They accused us of helping the Naxals attack the forces,” says Hidme.

When the men tried to press themselves upon her, Hidme began screaming for help. She was gagged with a towel. “I was kicked in the genitals till I bled,” she says. She recalls being ‘groped’ by several men before she lost consciousness. There were nail marks across her chest and her genitals bled for several days after.

“Don’t go back home, I’ll marry you,” one of the assaulters told Hidme. “If you run away, we will find you, cut you up into pieces and bury you in cement.”

When Hidme regained consciousness, she was ordered to wash up in the pond. By then, Hidme’s mother had arrived to save her daughters. All four women were taken inside the CRPF camp and beaten again. “They pulled us by the hair, and twirled us around in circles,” Hidme says. At the camp, the men said that these women were part of the Chetna Natya Manch (CNM) — the Maoist cultural outfit — and had been picked up while they engaged in song and dance. It was only when an officer told his men, “Are you going to eat them? Let them go,” that the three women were let off.

“We have no knowledge of any rapes last month,” says TG Longkumer, Inspector General of Bastar. Ask Madvi Hidme if she wants her assaulters punished, and the horror of her story becomes more evident. You expect a fierce cry for justice. It does not come. Instead, there is a quiet statement: “These Cobras and SPOs should leave Dantewada. They should be sent out.” She has never heard of the Supreme Court, or any court, but says she’s willing to testify.

Justice, perhaps, is an urban idea. Perhaps that is why six women in Samseti village are yet to see any trace of it. TEHELKA’s cover story in July 2009, detailed the rape of six women in Samseti village in Dantewada. In court hearings, the state claimed that the accused SPOs are absconding. But TEHELKA tracked two of the accused. Soyam Muka, leader of Konta camp, was interviewed at his home a few kilometres from the police station. Budo Raja, leader of Injaram camp, lives opposite the CRPF camp and greeted us with a jawan by his side.

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Trapped SPO at Errabore camp

In Lacchipara, barely a few hundred metres from the Chintalnar CRPF camp, villagers say at least one woman was raped, while attempts were made to rape two others. Madavi Nanda had stepped out of her bath and was barely clothed when the forces dragged her out of her house towards a distant handpump,” says her mother-in-law. She was stripped naked and beaten. Another woman who was also dragged to the spot says she saw the forces lift Nanda’s petticoat. “They would have raped me too, but villagers had gathered,” she says.

“It has become a pattern for the forces to harass the women when the men are out in the fields,” says Jago, a farmer. He alleges that they tried to rape his wife while she was cooking. “The forces tried to steal a hen I bought from Andhra for Rs 300,” says neighbour Madkam Sodi. “When I protested, a man grabbed my throat and bit my cheek.”

THE STATE CLAIMS RAPE ACCUSED SOYAM MUKA AND BUDO RAJA ARE ABSCONDING. TEHELKA FOUND THEM AT THEIR HOMES IN DANTEWADA

RUTHLESS MILITIA

In many ways, Dantewada is rapidly descending into a zone of no control — a battlefield where both armies have little writ over their soldiers. The Naxals continue to kill Adivasis as police informers — villagers say it is often personal enmity, done without the knowledge of top comrades. The troops and SPOs continue to loot homes, steal chicken, threaten children, kill farmers and rape women.

This month, 600 more men arrived at the Chintalnar camp. TEHELKA has lernt that 150 SPOs were recruited this year and there is talk of inducting at least 1,000 more. To understand why this is significant, wander the 23 ‘relief’ camps in Bastar, set up in June 2005 after the raising of the Salwa Judum. Though the term means ‘Peace March’ and is touted as a local uprising against the Maoists, it is widely accepted that the Judum is a statesponsored militia responsible for evacuating 644 villages, killing countless tribals and displacing at least 1.5 lakh people.

In a sense, the Judum split Bastar into two — the camps and the villages, the roadside and the ‘interiors’, the State and the Naxals. It left no other options. That is what continues to be reinforced brutally on the ground. That is why a Sarpanch and his wife, an anganwadi worker, had to rent a room by the road in Dornapal. “It’s not safe in the village. You never know when homes can be attacked,” says Madvi Podiyam. His own friends in the Salwa Judum have warned him: “Don’t go to the interiors. If we see you during a search operation, we might kill you.”

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A widow in Konta camp whose husband was killed in Chingawaram bus attack

Inside the Injaram camp, villagers are virtually under curfew. “We feel caged — we have to come back by 6 pm. We can’t even trust the forces. If they bump into us on the road at night, they’ll think we were helping the Naxals,” says Madvi Bhime.

In Konta town, Aslam Bhai can barely sustain his family. Before the Judum days, his income was Rs 10,000 per month— now it’s barely Rs 3,000. A flourishing trade of tora (a fruit), mahua and tarmarind brought thousands of villagers to the Konta town market every Thursday. “No one comes now,” he says. “They are either in the camps or the villages.”

In April 2008, an Administrative Reforms Commission headed by Congressman Veerappa Moily recommended the disbanding of the Salwa Judum. Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam asked: “How can the State give arms to some persons? The State will be abetting a crime if these private persons kill others.” On February 5, 2009, the state government assured the Supreme Court that the Salwa Judum was on its way out.

Yet, on the ground, Judum leaders themselves claim the movement is alive. Thousands continue to live as refugees, forcibly brought to the camps, unable to return home, and forever trapped in their identity as part of the Judum. More among them are now being made SPOs.

“How can they claim the Judum is over?” asks Kora Podiyam, a Sarpanch living inside Dornapal camp. “We have come here in the name of the Judum. We help the forces. If we get information about Naxals, we inform them immediately. Until we are here, the Judum exists.”

‘WE HAVE NO INTELLIGENCE. WE HAVEN’T CAUGHT ANY NAXALS. WE LIVE IN FEAR,’ SAY SPOs. YET, MORE SPOs ARE BEING RECRUITED

“There is no question of the Salwa Judum dissolving,” exclaims Judum leader P Vijay. “In fact, more and more people want to join us.” Most of these are families affected by Naxal violence or unemployed boys in the camps. Like Rajesh Arvind, who became an SPO when he was 12. “I had nothing else to do,” he explains. “It was good money.” His monthly salary of Rs 2,150 will increase to Rs 3,000 starting July 2010.

Then there is Madkam Moriya from Banda village. “The forces barged into my village and began burning men alive,” he says. “We had no choice but to flee to the camps. Then the Naxals burnt the remaining homes.” When he reached the Konta camp, “Netas asked me to become an SPO.” And so he did.

Madkam Munna, 19, has been living in the Dornapal camp since 2005. In the violence that ensued at the start of the Judum, Naxals killed three people in his village, including his uncle. He became an SPO in August 2009. Within six months, in February 2010, he was made part of the elite Khoya Commandos and trained in operating SLRs, LMGs, AK-47s, hand grenades and rifles. In the past one month, Munna has been on 20 search operations and picked up five people.

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The empty village of Mukram

The SPOs are a lethal tool in a divideand- rule policy that is rapidly pitting Adivasi against Adivasi. Though the government claims that SPOs are distinct from the Salwa Judum, such stories blur the lines. The irony is that the women being raped and the SPOs assaulting them are pawns in a dangerous game.

At present, insiders estimate the total number of SPOs in Chhattisgarh to be at least 12,000. Sources told TEHELKA that the state police are hoping to induct more SPOS into the District Force (DF), where Rs 12,000 is the starting salary. In the last batch of DF vacancies that opened up this month, 70 of 120 posts have been filled by SPOs who need only to have passed Class 5. In a way, this could turn the DF into a sort of ruthless militia.

Sanjay Sharma, deputy SP of Dantewada, confirmed to TEHELKA that the DF has reserved seats for SPOs but would not say how many. “Those who are unemployed and against the Maoist ideology can become SPOs,” says Sharma. “For constables, education, physical fitness and a constabulary exam is a must. These not do apply to SPOs. They have to be 18, have good attitude and knowledge of the local terrain.” Intelligence is meant to be the primary asset of an SPO, but it often becomes a way to get personal enemies killed.

If you happened to be in an SPO tent, in the fading light of a hot summer day, as a bunch of 20-somethings toss around a football, the irony would become evident. “We have no intelligence, we haven’t caught any Naxals, and the public lives in fear of us,” says Soyam Mukesh, 22, “but there’s no way out.”

That is why SPOs inside Errabore camp whisper when the inspector is not looking. “We fear a Naxal attack. They fire at the camp at least twice a week. I’m scared to walk on the road at night. We have become bigger targets after becoming SPOs,” says Venkatesh, 26, from Gaganpalli village. “Even if we leave the job and go elsewhere, we’ll always be marked. We will die either way, so it’s better to keep fighting.” That is why Panda Mukesh, 23, shrugs now after four years of duty. “I’ve seen so much blood, nothing affects me now.”

LIFE IN GROUND ZERO

Slowly, insidiously, the conflict has altered daily life in Bastar. Villagers trek hundreds of kilometres to weekly markets in Andhra Pradesh fearing harassment at the local bazaar. In Burkhapal, villagers have gathered in the dusk, frantically hailing passersby. Hours ago, in single file, the women started their 20- km trek to Chintagupa to get their PDS rice. The men have stopped going to the market for fear of being picked up. It is night in the deep jungle, and women have not returned. Patients in Dantewada now cross over the border because there is not a single MBBS doctor in their town. Children in the ‘interior’ villages go to a school in Adrapalli, AP. Whatever hospitals and schools existed earlier have either been emptied out by the Judum or blasted by the Naxals. Nearly 100 schools closed last year.

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Villagers in the ‘interior’ who did not join the Salwa Judum

It has been five years since the Judum was formed, but there is no rehabilitation policy for displaced villagers. TEHELKA visited four ‘relief’ camps and found that almost 100 percent of the Adivasis want to return to their villages. Manni Paro pays a Judum leader Rs 200 a month to keep her mud hut and tarpaulin sheets. Those who cannot afford the bribe moved further into the more cramped sections of the camp.

“We were much happier in our villages. The Naxals didn’t bother us before the Judum started. We got fish from the lakes and reared our chicken. Everything was cheap,” says Madkam Sita, from Konta camp. “Here, there is nothing to do and not enough to feed my three children.”

In what is perhaps an attempt to corroborate the government’s claim that it is giving the Judum no official support, the supply of free ration to the camps was stopped three months ago. Korsa Sanmu, Sarpanch of Silger and Judum leader, met the CM for answers. “We can’t feed you forever. You have to stand on your own feet. The supplies had to end at some point,” he says the CM told him.

The desperation has triggered a new trend. Most Dornapal camp villagers now trek upto 20 km to cultivate their fields, always fearfully. Some have received notices from the Naxals: “Come back home. We will not harm you.” But the past records are ugly, and there is a trust deficit in Dantewada.

For those whose homes are deeper in the jungle, even such daily trips are impossible. Mangal Dai from Aserguda village now toils under the NREGS, but yearns for his five-acre plot. “If I go back, the Naxals will kill me for being part of the Judum, and the Judum will kill me for helping the Naxals,” he says. “We’re being hounded at both ends.”

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‘The Naxal problem is not just a security issue’

Posted by ajadhind on October 11, 2008

 

October 7, 2008

 
Nandini Sundar, professor of sociology, Delhi School of Economics, and historian and writer Ramchandra Guha have filed a petition to stop the Chhattisgarh government from supporting and encouraging the Salwa Judum, a people’s movement to counter the Naxalites.The state government has denied that the Salwa Judum was a state-sponsored movement. The Supreme Court has disapproved arming the Salwa Judum, and the case continues.
According to a report by Human Rights Watch, caught in a deadly tug-of-war between an armed Maoist movement on one side, and the government security forces plus a vigilante group called Salwa Judum on the other, civilians have suffered a host of human rights abuses, including killings, torture, and forced displacement. The violence has destroyed hundreds of villages and uprooted tens of thousands of people from their homes.

The armed movement by Maoist groups spans four decades and 13 states across India. They purport to defend the rights of the poor, especially the landless, Dalits and tribal communities.

Sundar’s book Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar traces the expansion of the colonial and the post-colonial state in Bastar, central India, between 1854 and 2006. The author’s account of the region is at once the outcome of an intellectual as well as personal encounters with the region and its politics.

Sundar spoke to Rujuta Paradkar about the policy and politics adopted by the government of Chhattisgarh, the Salwa Judum and “the way in which people fall through the cracks of the democratic process”.

source:- rediff

 

 

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SC questions Chattisgarh over people’s anti-naxal movement

Posted by ajadhind on April 1, 2008

SOURCE 

New Delhi (PTI): “You cannot give arms to somebody and allow him to kill,” the Supreme Court said on Monday while taking a serious note of a petition alleging that the Chattisgarh government was allegedly arming civilians involved in “Salwa Judum” movement to fight naxals.

“It is a question of law and order. You (state government) cannot give arms to somebody (a civilian) and allow him to kill. You will be an abettor of the offence under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code,” a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice Aftab Alam said.

The Bench said a neutral agency should inquire and assess whether people had joined Judum camps on their own.

The Court’s remarks came during the hearing of two petitions seeking a direction to the state government to refrain from allegedly supporting and encouraging the “Salwa Judum,” a people’s movement to counter naxalism.

The state government had earlier denied that Judum was a state-sponsored movement and said that action shall be taken if any Judum activist transgresses the confines of the law.

The PILs also alleged that the condition in Judum camps was bad and people involved in the movement should be allowed to go back to the forests in view of the upcoming sowing season.

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said he met officials of the Intelligence Bureau officials and concerned ministry on the issue. He said the government has asked the Director, National Institute of Criminology, to probe the ground situation in these camps.

He said if the report does not satisfy the court, the Centre would be open to further suggestions.

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Ban Salwa Judum – Moily.

Posted by ajadhind on March 18, 2008

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The Centre has asked for a ban on Salwa Judum – an initiative of arming villagers to fight Naxals in Chhattisgarh.

 

Virtually conceding that the Salwa Judum of Chhattisgarh is a state-sponsored movement to counter Naxalism, a government committee has for the first time said that the anti-Naxal movement has no place in the state.

 

“Salwa Judum has been recommended to be disbanded,” said Moily.

 

Till date both the Centre and state governments have been denying their role in propping up the movement. The Moily Commission, however, has said Naxalism cannot be defeated by counter-insurgency movements such as this.

 

“Salwa Judum will amount to being an extra-constitutional power which you cannot have,” Moily stated.

 

“If there is a constitutional government, it is the duty of that constitutional government to function, not delegate this power.

 

“State Government cannot delegate its powers to an extra-constitutional authority. Law and order is the responsibility of the State,” he explained.

 

Chhattisgarh is the worst affected state in the country with over 12,000 km of Indian territory outside the control of the government. Over 50, 000 tribals have been forced to take refuge in State-protected camps.

 

The Salva Judum is largely a creation of divisive state politics, particularly the opposition Congress and the UPA-backed Moily Commission’s recommendations are sure to come as a slap on the face not just for the Opposition but the ruling BJP as well.

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