Maoists call for revival of 'war' in Telangana

Maoists call for revival of 'war' in Telangana

Charging the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government with anti-people policies, the CPI (Maoist) has called for revival of war against the government, indicating the end of six-month long peace since the formation of the new state.

The outlawed party accused the Telangana government of partnering with its neighbouring state Chhattisgarh in killing their cadres in fake encounters. They said the Telangana government was harassing poor tribals and revolutionary organisations.
“The Telangana government has unleashed terror in the tribal hamlets through heavy deployment of paramilitary forces,” said a three-page statement signed by its General Secretary Ganapathi and released to the press. The letter calls upon the people to rebel against the government.

The letter listed out the failures of the TRS government since the formation of the new state in June and accused Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of behaving like a “dictator” by muzzling the voice of dissent and curbing the rights of the media and people’s organisations. The Maoists alleged that the police attacks have increased in several Telangana districts.

“The government is spending crores of rupees on modernisation of its police force only to suppress the people’s movements. In the garb of heightened threat perception, it has spent Rs 100 crore to procure bullet-proof vehicles to the ministers,” the statement in Telugu said.

The top Maoist leader’s warning comes against the backdrop of growing fears that Maoists will try to wrest back their old clout in the northern Telangana districts after the division of the state. Once these districts were hot bed of Naxalite activities, so much so that the ultra left extremist units were in a position to run parallel administration.
However, the Y S Rajasekhara Reddy government succeeded in weeding them out and eroding their support base. Several of their top leaders were eliminated in police operations while many others surrendered.

The persistent police action has made the Maoist leadership shift its base to north coastal Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

The letter further holds the TRS government responsible for the unabated farmer suicides in the state. “The  KCR's government remained a mute spectator to the suicides of 400 farmers and even tried to blame us for the crisis. The government also turned a blind eye to the mining mafia in Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts,” it said.
DH News Service

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