MHA hits out at loose-cannon social activist
The home ministry has criticised civil society activists who were defending Maoists by manufacturing human rights violations against the government. In a statement, the home ministry said it was time that some clear words were uttered against Maoists who indulge in wanton killings and destruction of economic infrastructure.
The strongly-worded MHA statement — which takes a dig at the activists “who speak on their (Maoists’) behalf and chastise the government” — comes in the backdrop of a Maoist strike on the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) premises on Sunday at Bacheli in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
As many as four personnel of CISF, which protects NMDC mines, were killed and two constables critically injured in the landmine blast triggered by the Maoists. “It is yet another example of “wanton, mindless and pre-meditated violence unleashed by CPI (Maoist)”, the MHA said.
This is the second major attack on CISF — which, incidentally, is not engaged in any counter-Naxal operations — deployed in PSUs operating in Maoist-infested areas. Earlier in April, a group of Maoists had attacked the Nalco bauxite mines in Koraput, Orissa, killing 10 CISF personnel guarding the facility.
The Centre’s offensive against Maoists across Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra and Orissa has seen rights activists invading seminar halls and media with concocted stories of repression and police brutality. The campaign comes even as Naxals are killing innocent tribals, beheading policemen and blasting away symbols of development.
Writer Arundhati Roy, for one, is all over TV studios and newspaper columns, condemning the government’s decision to turn the heat on Maoists. On Sunday, she went to the extent of alleging that the “UPA government was doing to the Maoists what the BJP government had done to Muslims”.
The government on Monday shot back asking the activist brigade to introspect on why Maoists were murdering villagers in cold blood after branding them as informers or exploding landmines to kill forces that protect the very mines and other works that bring development and jobs to the tribal areas.
Emphasising that NMDC was a PSU developing minerals, offering thousands of jobs and engaging in welfare activities as part of its corporate social responsibility, the Centre asked the activists as to what the CPI (Maoist) aimed to achieve by attacking the police force that provides security to NMDC.
“What is the message that the CPI (Maoist) intends to convey? These are questions that the government would like to put not only to the CPI (Maoist) but also to those who speak on their behalf and chastise the government,” said the home ministry statement.
The release also cited another recent incident of mindless violence, this time against innocent villagers in Kodka village of Kanker, Chhattisgarh. On October 21, 100 Maoists descended upon the village along with five villagers.
For reasons known only to them, they freed three villagers but killed the other two on October 23. The killed persons were identified as Ramji s/o Gour Singh and Kamta Pudi s/o Gangia Ram, both residents of village Kodka.