300 landmine blasts have occurred in Bastar area (former greater Bastar district that has been divided in three districts subsequently) of Chhattisgarh alone in two years between June 2004 and June 2006.
304 civilians had been killed in the small Dantewara alone by Naxalites since April 2005 until this deadly attack (not including these 40 deaths).
Unbelievable, isn’t it! Tens of thousands of poor tribals are living in relief camps for months in Chhattisgarh due to the fear of Mao-inspired Terrorists err Maoist guerillas (the media prefers to call them Maoist or ultra-leftist) and their plight goes largely unnoticed.
The daredevil attack at Errabore relief camp where 15,000 tribal are living, has now left almost 40 dead (six of the abducted tribal were hacked to death later). Nearly 800 strong Maoist army had struck at the camp situated in the vicinity of CRPF station.(Imagine hundreds of armed men running amok, isn’t it height of lawlessness?)
Vast areas of Chhattisgarh are now controlled by Naxals (termed Naxal because of Naxalbari village in West Bengal where the armed revolution started in the 60s) but the BJP state government that had come to power on the plank of eliminating the Maoists is yet to check the menace of Red Terror.
The Naxals are so much in control that police dread to venture out in at least half-a-dozen districts. Armed with sophisticated weapons, the Naxalites run an almost parallel government. They arrange their public courts and pronounce judgements. But it is only when a major incident occurs that the growing Maoist terror draws the attention of government and media.
The irony is that poor tribal have been forced to fight Maoists and the state has abdicated its responsibility. The Salva Judum movement that was the brainchild of Congress leader Mahendra Karma is supported by BJP also. And the untrained tribal are fighting Naxals who are armed with sophisticated weapons.
In fact, the Maoists had blasted the anti-landmine vehicle resulting in death of 24 CRPF personnel last year though the vehicle had survived Kashmir. The cadre of Red Terrorists in Chhattisgarh is estimated at over 5000. Journalist Ashok Malik quotes senior police officials that Naxals have concrete bunkers, computer centres, powerful telescopes, wireless system and their training camps.
Though Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh’s Telangana region, Orissa, MP, parts of UP and some other states are also affected, right now Chhattisgarh is the worst hit. Isn’t it all serious? Just too serious.