Maoist show of strength under cover of martyrs’ day
Posted by Admin on August 1, 2010
GAYA: Several hundred activists and sympathizers of outlawed CPI(Maoist) gathered at a village under Anti police station of Tekari subdivision in Gaya district late on Friday evening to observe martyrs’ day in the memory of activists killed in police encounters and police custody over the years.
The gathering paid special homage to some of the better known Maoists including Kauleshwar Giri, Natwar and Nathun Kahar. A sizeable number of women also participated in the event, which by all indications, was a show of strength rather than observance of martyrs’ day.
Heavily armed activists carrying assault rifles of the AK-47 and AK-56 variety and other sophisticated weapons cordoned off the meet venue to challenge the police, in case they ventured out. The multi-tier security ring covered a radius of more than one km from the meet venue.
According to one of the invitees to the Maoist programme, besides laying wreath to honour their dead comrades, the assembled gathering took a vow to foil Operation Greenhunt and other such exercises aimed at flushing out the Maoists from their bases.
The gathering raised slogans of “Police prashasan hosh mein aao” to threaten the cops engaged in anti-Maoist operations.
The rebels also hoisted the red flag symbolizing the Maoist system of governance. The speakers parroted the Marxist lines to denounce parliamentary democracy and the functional organs of the state including judiciary.
The police administration came in for severe indictment by the assembled gathering for its continued onslaught on Maoist bases. Painting the men in khaki as the enemies of the people, the orgganisers exhorted the activists and supporters not to be demoralized by police operations and go ahead to execute the agenda to establish what they called a truly people’s government.
A stern warning was also delivered to the deserters and suspected police informers. The warning given to the deserters assumes significance as the outfit has been plagued by largescale indiscipline and several activists walking away with weapons issued from the Maoist armoury and protection money extorted from contractor, business persons, junior government officials and land owners.
Anti police station, located about three km from the Maoist congregation site, has witnessed several Maoist operations. The place is about 35 km from the district headquarters.
Gaya Senior SP Amit Lodha said that he had no information about any Maoist congregation under Anti police station area. TOI