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Maoists admit to facing difficult situation in Bastar

Author: Pavan Dahat
Publication: The Hindu
Date: October 22, 2014
URL: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/maoists-admit-to-facing-difficult-situation-in-bastar/article6525572.ece?homepage=true

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has accepted that it was facing a “difficult situation” in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh where it was dominant until recently.

In a statement issued by Gudsa Usendi, spokesperson of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC), to “condemn” the surrender of DKSZC member Arjun and his wife Ranita before the police in Telangana, the party said the couple could not withstand the “difficult time” faced by the movement.

“Arjun and Ranita overestimated the enemy power as undefeatable in the present tough times. But these are only the phases of any revolutionary movement,” claimed Gudsa Usendi adding that their surrender did make a “negative impact” on the party.

“Not a single day is passing without the ‘usual’ encounters and fake encounters of both revolutionaries and common people in the movement areas. Excessive cordon and search operations, area dominations, loot, destruction, mayhem, tortures and atrocities on people by the government forces are going on in Dandakaranya,” said Abhay, the spokesperson of the CPI(Maoist) central committee in another statement.

Bastar has witnessed a large number of Maoist surrenders in the past few months, apparently reducing the dominance of the party in an area considered its “base area.”

On the deployment of the Naga Battalion in Chhattisgarh, the DKSZC spokesperson appealed to the Naga jawans not to come to Chhattisgarh “as slaves in the service of exploiters” and raise their voice against ‘forcible deployment’ and express solidarity with the Adivasi people fighting for their very existence.

The outlawed outfit also condemned the re-arrest of Goppanna Markam, an alleged senior Maoist leader by the Bastar police and termed it “illegal and unconstitutional.”
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