Tuesday, April 25, 2017

25 CRPF personnel killed in Maoist attack // Some states want Maoism to continue: CRPF chief (2014)

NB: This is yet another terrible tragedy in the 50-year history of Naxalism. It will achieve nothing aside from adding momentum to the spiral of violence. The consequences of the brutal waste of human life in the name of an ever-receding 'people's democratic revolution' can be summed up: lifelong trauma for the families of the dead; more repression unleashed upon the civilian population; a handle for the government to attack journalists and lawyers doing their jobs; further onslaughts on democratic organisations struggling for various popular causes; and steady erosion of constitutional governance. As regards human rights, resistance to communal politics & preservation of democracy, what has been achieved by decades of 'armed struggle'? Has there been progress or regression?  Is it not clear that a section of the Indian ruling class is working hard to destroy democracy? India does not need a violent revolution to overthrow the constitution, but a non-violent mass awakening to defend and implement it. But that will require serious political re-thinking - which the extreme left refuses to undertake. Maoist ideology is at a dead-end, and those citizens who are still attracted to it must pause and think very seriously as to what has gone wrong with revolutionary ideals. 

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As for the government, when the Home Minister declares this attack a cold-blooded murder, need we remind him that that it's own allies are assaulting and murdering people on some pretext or other on a regular basis? Was not the murder of Pehlu Khan equally cold-blooded, and what was the reaction of its ministers? Have there not been serious violations of human rights in Chhatisgarh? Did not the NHRC this January indict the state police for sexual violence against Adivasi women? Have not front organisations of the RSS attacked a police station and beaten up policemen doing their jobs 3 days ago in Uttar Pradesh? Why are murder trials involving Hindutva activists collapsing? What extra-constitutional role does the RSS play in this government and why? Why does it appear to observers that the ruling party is sponsoring an assault on the foundations of the Indian state? Hindutva is the Maoism of the elite. State officials in the IAS, IPS and judiciary may kindly remember that they are servants of the constitution, and it is the constitution to which they took an oath of loyalty. India's integrity depends upon democratic governance, and cannot be surrendered to extremists

And lastly, why, as reported by the Times of India in November 2014, did the just-retired DG of the CRPF say that certain states have a vested interest in Naxalite violence? Will the hyper-ventilating TV channel TimesNow, owned by the same corporation, investigate this serious allegation? And the intelligence agencies also? Is anyone serious about dealing with extremist violence? - DS

25 CRPF personnel killed in Maoist attack
Sukma attack: The CRPF’s loss of 25 personnel in a Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh’s south Sukma region on Monday is the second fatal reverse for the force in 2 months. The slain troopers were part of a team providing security to workers building a road. Road opening parties of CRPF, known as ROPs, are crucial to getting roads built in the Maoist-affected areas of Bastar. Maoists executed the Monday attack after serving a chilling reminder of their strike capabilities on March 11 killing 12 CRPF troopers as well as stalling work on a crucial road...read more: 
For some states, continuing Naxal violence is beneficial. It helps them get central funds. And then it's not their men who die but those from outside the state (central force personnel). ...the DG was hinting at Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha… The easier way of fighting IEDs is to ensure Maoists do not get explosives easily. But the government is not serious about regulation of explosives' sale. State governments have to stop explosives from reaching MaoistsEx-DG, CRPF, Dilip Trivedi in 2014
Outgoing CRPF director-general Dilip Trivedi on Thursday made serious allegations of Maoism benefitting Naxal-affected states. Trivedi, who is retiring at the end of this month, said certain states had vested interest in letting Maoist violence continue as it helped them get massive central funds.
He also said the government was not serious about regulating sale of explosives whose easy availability to Maoists had led to increasing deaths of force personnel. In a free-wheeling conversation with journalists, the DG even blamed government policies and systemic problems for non-resolution of Jammu and Kashmir and northeast problems. Without talking about the Army, he even said there was no need for Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and that the simple Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) had enough protection for forces.

He even hinted at various committees and studies conducted by the government for welfare of forces as waste of public money. The outgoing DG made these observations in a question answer session with journalists. When asked about lack of participation from states in fighting Naxals, Trivedi said, "For some states, continuing Naxal violence is beneficial. It helps them get central funds. And then it's not their men who die but those from outside the state (central force personnel)." Sources said the DG was hinting at Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.

While speaking on how the force was dealing with IED blasts, Trivedi said, "The easier way of fighting IEDs is to ensure Maoists do not get explosives easily. But the government is not serious about regulation of explosives' sale. State governments have to stop explosives from reaching Maoists." Asked whether he thought even CRPF needed a special law, like AFSPA, given that it was working in fairly hostile and tough conditions, Trivedi said, "We don't need AFSPA. The CrPC provides enough protection to forces fighting militants. India already has too many laws."

Talking about how his force was working in some of the most dangerous theatres of conflict, Trivedi said, "There are systemic problems and policies involved that have led to non-resolution of Kashmir and northeast problems." When quizzed on why he had refused to participate on two committees set up to restructure CRPF, Trivedi narrated a long story, summing up that committees were a waste of public money and government time. He also said the government had spent huge amounts of money conducting IIM studies on problems of the force to arrive at conclusions that they force already knew. "They could have just asked us. But the problem is we are not consulted. Consultants are hired who charge lakhs of rupees," said Trivedi.
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