(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 21, 2009
Maoist Violence Seeks To Destabilise Elected State Govt
AS we go to
press, the anti-Communist incendiary
violence unleashed by the Maoists continues unabated in Lalgarh,
By now it has
been established that the
so-called `rainbow' coalition of all anti-Communist forces led by the
Congress had sheltered all sorts of elements and legitimised Maoist
The Maoists are operating under the banner of the Police Atyachar Birodhi Janagana Committee (PABJC). This is led by one Chhatradhar Mahato who until recently was in Trinamool Congress. He is the brother of Sashobhar Mahato, the prime accused in last November's plot to assassinate chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya who was then travelling with the then union minister, Ram Vilas Paswan. The landmine blasts designed to achieve this objective exploded in nearby Salboni, 40 kilometers away from Lalgarh.
All through Tuesday, June 16, when the Maoists unleashed such violence that culminated in the burning of the CPI(M) office, the local Trinamool Congress leaders accompanied the mob. Media reports the leader saying, “It is the Communists vs all others now”. Though the district Congress president was not physically present, he had to send his relatives saying “that was the diktat from the organisers”.
Media reports that the Maoists have prevented the family members from even taking the deadbodies for a decent funeral. There are also reports that the entire area has been rigged with landmines to prevent the security forces and the police from reaching them. Clearly, like they did in Nandigram for nearly a year, they wish to keep the Lalgarh region out of the ambit of any civic administration. Thus, they seek to create a “liberated zone” to further their activities by terrorising the local population into submission. The modus operandi is similar to what the Trinamool Congress has done last week in Khejuri. The aim is to establish their political base by eliminating the CPI(M) cadre physically and terrorise the rest of the population. Such a supremely anti-democratic and fascistic modus operandi of the Trinamool Congress led combine has facilitated the penetration of the Maoists in the area.
The prime minister is on record, saying: “Maoist violence is the single biggest danger for internal security in our country”. The Maoists themselves have publicly stated in mainstream media at the time of the Nandigram disturbances, “The Maoists stepped into Nandigram in January 2007 and quickly put together a party unit. They rustled up a 350 strong people's militia and fought.” Further, “The ammunition was mostly supplied by local Trinamool leaders.”
For the past
few years, the Maoists had
been accumulating arms through various
raids on ordinance factories and police outposts. The
Defence Quarterly, a
respected defence journal, says in early 2007: “As recent as in October
the Indian army recovered a massive cache of state manufactured arms
ammunition in the eastern state of Kolkata.
Three people including a soldier were arrested in (this)
connection”. In an October
3, 2006 BBC report, an army spokesman
said: “The cache of arms was meant for Maoist rebels and other
active in and around eastern
At the time of the Nandigram disturbances, a Maoist leader had mocked at the Trinamool Congress saying: “They think they are the leaders, they are not; but we are the ones who are actually controlling”. On this occasion in Lalgarh, it is openly acknowledged that the violence is unleashed by the Maoists and the Trinamool Congress and the others are following their `leader'. Clearly, the objective here is to destabilise the elected state government through Maoist violence.
It is a gross abuse of Indian parliamentary democracy that those who have taken oath under the constitution to serve as ministers in the central government are, themselves, leading and participating in the most unconstitutional and illegal orgy of violence resulting in large-scale loss of human life and destruction of property. The Congress party heading the central government far from being uncomfortable is an accomplice in this gross violation of the Indian constitution.
Such a state
of anarchy and designed unleashing
of violence cannot be tolerated in any civil society.
June 17, 2009 6 p.m.