Saturday, March 24, 2007

Maoists warn of more attacks

Maoists warn of more attacks

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Adopting a belligerent stand against the counter-revolutionary movement, Salwa Judum, the Maoists warned that it would step up attacks against security forces and the special police officers employed by the Chhattisgarh Government.

Terming the recent Rani Bodli attack, in which 55 security personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh, a "heroic tactical counter-offensive" operation, the Maoist spokesperson Azad warned that the Maoist guerillas and militia were prepared even to take on the Indian Army, if it was deployed in the Chhattisgarh forests.

In a two-page statement issued here on Friday, Azad described the attack as "an inevitable consequence" of state-sponsored reign of terror in the Bastar forests. He accused the Government of planning to deploy the Army and carry out aerial bombardment of villages and the People's Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) locations in Chhattisgarh.

Maintaining that rebel forces, assisted by the Bhoomkal militia, would take up attacks on a bigger scale if the Salwa Judum campaign was not withdrawn, he appealed to the tribal youth participating in the counter-revolutionary activity to realise that they were being pitted against their own tribesmen by the Government.

The Maoist leader also appealed to the jawans of Central forces, particularly the Naga and Mizo battalions, to disobey the orders and withdraw from Chhattisgarh.He claimed that several jawans were forced to commit suicide due to mental stress, while over 30 died of malaria.


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