Maoists Take Responsibility For Sukma Massacre

Taking responsibility for the attack on CRPF personnel which led to the death of 25 jawans, the Maoist Dandkarany Special Zonal Committee spokesperson claimed that it was in response to sexual exploitation and killings of tribal women and men by security forces.

Raipur (Chhattisgarh): While the massacre of the 25 jawans by Maoists shook the nation, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee claimed that it was a reaction to sexual exploitation and violence by security forces against tribal women and execution of villagers. The Zonal committee released an audio clip showing the debates in the media centred around the martyrdom of the jawans.

According to news reports, the DKSZC spokesperson ‘Vikalp’ announced that they were responsible for the attack. Further, he said, “The PLGA (CPI (Maoist)’s military wing People’s Liberation Guerilla Army) launched the Chintagufa-Burkapal to give a fitting reply to Mission 2017 and the fake surrender campaign. We thank and congratulate the PLGA leadership, commanders and people of Dandakaranya for their support. The act is only an extension of the Bhejji attack on CRPF. We assert that these attacks are retaliatory, defensive, to defeat anti- people policies and to take forward the pro-people struggle.”

He added that these attacks should only be seen as a retaliation against sexual atrocities being committed by the security forces against tribal women and girls in the conflict zone. Saying that this is an answer to the innumerable cases of sexual exploitation, which is a blot on any civilised society. The attack at Bhejji and Chintagufa –Burkapal is retaliatory attack aimed at upholding the dignity and respect of tribal women. The attacks are being carried to liberate tribals from conflict zones, he added.

Describing the road construction projects in the area by the government as anti-people, Vikalp said that it is only a pretext to loot people under the guise of development.
While the CRPF claimed that the bodies of their jawans were mutilated by Maoists, the spokesperson denied it. He said that it is the security forces that usually mutilate the bodies of PLGA personnel. Alleging that objectionable pictures of their women killed in the fighting were clicked by CRPF and spread them on social media, Vikalp flatly refused the claims of security forces.

It is reported that reacting to the Maoists’ statement, Chhattisgarh’s Special Director-General of Police DM Awasthi said that he will look into it and check its authenticity.

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