Sunday, January 24, 2021
Home Crime Chhattisgarh: Congress divided over Naxal terrorism issue? This is not the first time

Chhattisgarh: Congress divided over Naxal terrorism issue? This is not the first time

Some Congress leaders even have had problems with Naxals being called 'terrorists'.

Recently, Kawasi Lakhma, the minister for excise and industry in Chhattisgarh cabinet, has written in a letter to CM Bhupesh Baghel that a recent incident in Bastar, where a woman was killed and another was injured after being caught in the ‘crossfire’ as claimed by the security forces during an encounter with Naxals, was a fake encounter.

Lakhma has claimed in his letter that the women were not caught in the crossfire as claimed by the CRPF and the district police, but the security forces fired on them deliberately, suspecting them of being Naxals. The incident had occurred on February 2. Sukki, an Adivasi woman was killed while another, named Kalmu was grievously injured.

Lakhma has reportedly written that the families should be compensated and incidents like this would make the Adivasis ‘lose their confidence’ in the government. He has also asked for action to be taken against the CRPF personnel involved in the shooting. The encounter had happened in the Gudelguda village in the Polampalli region.

There are some conflicting narratives at play here because, as per reports, the Sukma district administration has already stated that the women were not Naxals but villagers who were caught in the crossfire and got injured. Sukma SP Jitendra Shukla has also conveyed the same.

Soni Sori, a tribal leader in the area, who happens to be in the Aam Aadmi Patry, also claimed that the CRPF men tried to dress one of the women in a Naxal uniform even as she lay injured.

Lakhma has reportedly also written in his letter that no incriminating material or weapons were recovered from the women, which is natural because the security forces have stated that the women were not Naxals but villagers who were caught in the crossfire during an encounter. However, Lakhma, a cabinet minister and five-time MLA from the region going against his own state government to claim ‘fake encounter’ shows that something is amiss.

This is not the first time Lakhma had alleged a fake encounter. In August 2018, Congress, then in the opposition, had claimed that the Sukma encounter by CRPF, where 15 Naxals were allegedly killed, was a fake encounter too. Congress had even formed an 18-member team to look into the encounter where Lakhma was a member too. He had claimed that after Congress comes to power, it will examine the veracity of the encounter.

Interestingly, then too, Soni Sori, the AAP leader, had also called the encounter fake.

SSP Sukma had later released the video evidence of the encounter.

Congress had claimed during the August 2018 encounters that the BJP government in the state is against the tribals of the state and is creating ‘fake encounters’ to paint innocent villagers as Naxals.

However, it is interesting to note that even during UPA rule, Lakhma and some leaders of the Chhattisgarh Congress had claimed ‘fake encounters’ and have been actively involved in campaigning against the CRPF and security forces in the area.

in June 2012, 19 Naxals were gunned down by the security forces in the Dantewada. P Chidambaram was the Union home minister and he had mentioned to the media that three prominent Maoist leaders, Somulu, Nagesh and Mahesh were killed in that gun battle.

Soon, however, several ‘activists’, including Swami Agnivesh, PUCL President Prabhakar Sinha and CPIM alleged that the encounters were fake and the CRPF had killed innocent people in cold blood.

Also read: Demystifying the ‘Civil Society’: Foreign-funded organizations campaigning against Indian sedition laws

RK Singh, who was the then union home secretary, pointed it out that 6 CRPF personnel had received bullet wounds in what was being alleged as a ‘fake’ encounter but Chhattisgarh Congress leaders were not convinced. Congress party, even at the national level, took a safe stand and formed another ‘fact-finding committee’.

AICC CG in charge BK Hariprasad had even downplayed Chidambaram’s announcement and stated that he was merely quoting from the state government’s report. Congress soon took a very dubious stand on the issue and started commenting that it was the BJP-led state government who was ‘misleading’ the center on the issue. Chhattisgarh PCC had called the encounters ‘completely fake’.

Some Congress leaders even have had problems with Naxals being called ‘terrorists’.

Also read: Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar calls Naxals ‘revolutionaries fighting for their rights

Kawasi Lakhma was made the head of the 12 fact-finding finding team. Over the years, Lakhma has been involved in many such teams and his stand over anti-Naxals operation has remained the same, that the CRPF is targeting innocent Adivasis.

In 2013, almost the entire top brass of Chhattisgarh Congress was wiped out when over 250 Naxals ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in the Jiram ghat area near Jagdalpur. 27 people were killed, mostly senior Congress leaders from the state. Interestingly, Kawasi Lakhma, the MLA from Konta, was the only one who has managed to survive. Lakhma was even suspected of involvement and was also questioned later, but was cleared in the NIA probe for lack of proof.

Over the last few years, the Chhattisgarh Congress had targeted the CRPF and the BJP government several times, claiming they have been organising fake encounters and even going to the extent of calling them anti-Adivasi. But the 2012 incident also proved that when comes to playing Naxal politics, Congress can even ignore its own statements and responsibilities and indulge in fanning the anti-CRPF narratives.

Now, a Congress government rules in Chhattisgarh. The NDA government was credited with achieving remarkable success in anti-Naxal operations over the years. But as the letter by Lakhma again threats to expose the Congress internal politics and disagreements over an issue as sensitive as Naxal terrorism, the question that arises it, whether the conviction and the strength of planning and execution that is the need for effective dealing of the left-wing terrorism issue, will be diluted and lost in blatant politics of the Congress.

In a recent operation, 10 Naxals were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur. So far, thankfully, there have been no ‘fact-finding teams’ investigating over the veracity of the encounters.

Left-wing terrorism has been plaguing the interiors of our country for decades. Is it the same lack of political unity and conviction that has resulted in their continued existence? Will the Congress, which has shown no qualms to claim ‘Hindu terror’ and tried to paint the RSS as a dreadful organisation every chance it gets, continue to compromise and play politics over such a grave threat on our national security?

As per a report by the US state department, the CPI(Maoist) is the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world, with 295 attacks in 2017 alone. It even ranks higher than the Boko Haram.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

 

Related Articles

Trending now

Haryana Police confirms that the ‘masked man’ was forced by farmer union leaders to make false allegations against police

While the masked man had said he was tasked by inspector Pradeep to kill farmer leaders, there is no inspector by that name

‘Kisan parade’ in Delhi on Republic Day given green light, claim protesters, Police deny receiving any written submission regarding route: Details

Farmer leaders have claimed that they have received approval to conduct a tractor parade in Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day.

Watch: Taking offence at Jai Shree Ram slogans, Mamata Banerjee walks off stage even as PM Modi and Bengal Governor look on

Mamata Banerjee who was sharing the stage with PM Modi, lamented "being disrespected" because she heard Jai Shree Ram slogans

Noida, Ghaziabad, Prayagraj, Kanpur: Hoax bomb threats ahead of Republic Day keep Uttar Pradesh police on tenterhooks

Fear and panic has the state of Uttar Pradesh in its grips after at least six hoax bomb threats were reported from Noida, Ghaziabad, Allahabad and Kanpur

How Congress spread lies about a woman being beaten up by goons in ‘lawless UP’ while the police did nothing: Read what really happened

Recently, a video of a pleading lady requesting UP Police officers to save her from two assailants was doing the rounds on the internet.

Stripped, hung upside down, one other beaten with pipe and still in their custody: 5 big revelations by ‘Masked Man’ Yogesh about farmer leaders

On Saturday, however, masked man Yogesh has made revelations that would give everyone cause for immense concern.

Recently Popular

#BanSportsTak: Netizens angry after India Today owned sports channel claims Virat Kohli suffers from ‘disorder’

"It is a disorder for a captain to (be as aggressive as Virat Kohli). It might be acceptable for a player to have this aggression (but nor for a captain)," the journalist claimed.

Rajdeep Sardesai ‘baffled’ by India Today survey that shows Modi govt winning a sweeping majority if elections held today: Details

Taking to Twitter, Sardesai said that he was 'baffled' to see that despite the economic hardships resulted by the pandemic, Indians still love the Modi government.

How Brazil thanked India for sending Coronavirus vaccine doses: Pawan Putra Hanuman

President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has expressed his gratitude towards India and Prime Minister Modi for vaccine exports from our country.

Gujarat Forest Dept to take legal action against Christian Evangelist Paul Dhinakaran over unauthorised use of the department’s logo

Website of Paul Dhinakaran claims of collaborating with the Gujarat Forest Department, a claim junked by the latter

Left-wing fury at Vir Sanghvi shows just how much ‘liberals’ hate Hindus

Vir Sanghvi published a column about the ‘shameful persecution’ of Munawar Faruqui and the ‘bogus controversy’ around Tandav

‘I allow you housewives to have extra-marital affair with man of your choice’: Video of Mamata Banerjee’s ‘progressive’ speech goes viral

Mamata Banerjee says she is so "flexible" that she has given permission to housewives to have extra-marital affairs
- Advertisement -

 

Haryana Police confirms that the ‘masked man’ was forced by farmer union leaders to make false allegations against police

While the masked man had said he was tasked by inspector Pradeep to kill farmer leaders, there is no inspector by that name

‘Kisan parade’ in Delhi on Republic Day given green light, claim protesters, Police deny receiving any written submission regarding route: Details

Farmer leaders have claimed that they have received approval to conduct a tractor parade in Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day.

Netizens call out the hypocrisy of Star Wars on ‘bullying’ and ‘racism’ after it comes out in support of liberal actress but ignores bullying...

Despite the vitriolic and racist comments of Krystina Arielle, Star Wars somehow decided to cut her some slack.

The life and times of Vibhor Anand: A clown, fraud or simply deranged? The story of his descent into wild conspiracy theories

Vibhor Anand has spread bizarre conspiracy theories about the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and was arrested for it.

Legendary talk show host Larry King dies in Los Angeles weeks after being hospitalised for Covid-19

Larry King passed away on Saturday at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, announced his company Ora Media

Watch: Taking offence at Jai Shree Ram slogans, Mamata Banerjee walks off stage even as PM Modi and Bengal Governor look on

Mamata Banerjee who was sharing the stage with PM Modi, lamented "being disrespected" because she heard Jai Shree Ram slogans

Noida, Ghaziabad, Prayagraj, Kanpur: Hoax bomb threats ahead of Republic Day keep Uttar Pradesh police on tenterhooks

Fear and panic has the state of Uttar Pradesh in its grips after at least six hoax bomb threats were reported from Noida, Ghaziabad, Allahabad and Kanpur

‘Journalist’ Uday Rana uses filthy language sitting next to a woman, then ‘complains’ about the woman not talking to him

'Journalist' Uday Rana whines that a lady on the fight with him did not acknowledge his "colourful" conversations

Even as ‘masked man’ Yogesh says he was tortured by farmers to lie about murder plot, Rakesh Tikait blames central govt

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait also alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally.

AAP MLA Somnath Bharti sentenced to 2 years in jail for assaulting AIIMS staff, soon gets bail from High Court

A Delhi Court had found AAP MLA Somnath Bharti guilty of manhandling security personnel at the AIIMS and sentenced him thereof

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
22,900SubscribersSubscribe