(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 11, 2009
Chatradhar’s Confessions Confirm Complicity
Mahato’s arrest and interrogation have only revealed those very things
the people in Jangal Mahal, the forest areas of three western districts
What are the truths that have been exposed?
First, the ‘Peoples’ Committee against Police Atrocities’ was formed by the Maoists, primarily to cordon off an area out of the bounds for police and administration. It was done in November 2008 after police began to search for the culprits involved in landmine blast in Shalboni. The mine-blast was designed to kill chief minister when he was returning from stone-laying ceremony of the proposed steel plant in Shalboni. Chatradhar Mahato revealed that top Maoist leaders of the area were present in the meeting where the committee was formed. Gradually, the committee followed the dictums of the Maoists and expanded its work from digging roads to attacking CPI(M) cadres and sympathisers. The Lalgarh agitation was not at all any spontaneous outburst of the tribals, as it was depicted in a section of the media; it was, rather, a well-planned disturbance to create a conducive atmosphere for the Maoists to consolidate their own base.
the committee acted as a comfortable platform for the Maoists and
Congress to work together. In almost every village where a “branch” of
was formed, both the active members of the Maoists and TMC worked in
many places, the houses of local TMC leaders were used as meeting
shelters for committee and Maoists cadres. Chatradhar himself claimed
used to maintain links with state level TMC leaders as frequently as he
with the Maoist leaders in
Thirdly, according to Kolkata media, Chatradhar Mahato partially confessed about the huge amount of money collected as ‘donations’ and forced ‘levies’ during last ten months. It ran into crores. There was smooth flow of outside financial support also. Specific names of some of the financing persons and organisations have also come into light.
Fourthly, the committee and Chatradhar himself had regular contacts with a section of the anti-CPI(M) intelligentsia and even participated in a number of secret meetings in Kolkata too. Though it was not so ‘secret’ to any observer, this revelation has apparently unnerved some of the intellectuals who, for some months now, have already been rewarded abundantly by the railway minister. These intellectuals have tried their best to claim that they had no inkling of Chatradhar’s Maoist links.
theory of ‘delinking’ Peoples’ Committee and the Maoists is the escape
for TMC supremo and the railway minister Mamata Banerjee herself. It
who consistently demanded withdrawal of central paramilitary forces
The gruesome incident in Jharkhand has shattered the ‘delinking’ scheme. Maoists had offered to release the abducted inspector of the special branch of Jharkhand police, Francis Induwar in exchange for Kobad Ghandy, Chatradhar Mahato and Chandrabhusan Yadav. The inspector was later killed in an atrocious manner.
more and more evidence of complicity of Maoists and TMC have come into
This working partnership has been developing since the days of
agitation and the Maoists have consistently emphasised the necessity of
in tandem with TMC in their party documents. On the top of these, the
leader M Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji , in an interview to Anandabazar
Patrika (on 4 October) has declared that they want to see Mamata
as the next chief minister in
It remains to be seen how the leadership of UPA government reacts to such proximity of ‘greatest internal threat’ (as repeatedly told by prime minister, home minister) and an important central minister.