Hello Bastar - The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement

By Rahul Pandita

Hi Bastar is the interior tale of the present Maoist circulate in India

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They have been contributors of the Maharashtra kingdom Committee and have been picked up by means of the Andhra distinctive Intelligence department males from Kolhapur, taken to the jungles of Andhra after which shot dead,' Eiatu says. His different brother can also be a senior Maoist commander in other places, whereas Eiatu's accomplice works with the Maoists' medical professional brigade. 'I meet her sometimes,' he says. The Maoist management is kind of open approximately relationships. The cadres can marry if either companions are prepared, and normally, the management takes a lenient view by way of attempting to position the couple with regards to each one other's region of operation. there were situations the place companions have held again within the wake of an come upon with the police and sacrificed their lives whereas letting different squad contributors break out. Bearing teenagers is, despite the fact that, no longer inspired. Later that evening, Eiatu bargains us glimpses of the army making plans that went into the Laheri assault he had led. 'Just prior to the meeting election, the police had created worry in village after village to coerce humans into submission,' he says. sooner or later, a platoon of Maoists obtained details group of police commandos, led through their chief Rama, used to be relocating within the sector. for 2 days, the guerillas them, with no up to preventing for nutrients. eventually, hostilities broke out at Laheri in Bhamragarh taluka, simply 750 yards clear of the Laheri police station. a few forty two policemen and 18 Maoist guerillas (who'd reached ahead of their different exhausted comrades), came across themselves locked in a fierce gun conflict. 'The police have loads of ammunition,' elaborates Eiatu, 'and they only lay at the floor, firing hundreds of thousands of rounds everywhere. yet seeing that we now have constrained ammunition, we fireplace at particular objectives. ' The policemen, Eiatu says, saved shouting that the guerillas will be mowed down on account that police reinforcements have been coming, yet they held their ground—and upped the ante. The police, he says, additionally fired mortar shells. yet for the 1st thirty mins, no one used to be injured on both sides. Then, within the subsequent ten mins, six policemen have been killed. After that, Eiatu claims, so much policemen fled, together with their chief. 8 policemen who had taken positions at one specific spot have been requested to give up. 'But they set free one other volley of bullets during which our senior comrade was once killed,' says Eiatu. After that, the guerillas allow their weapons blaze—killing the 8 of them and 3 others. In all, 19 guns have been seized in that come across. That the Maoist guerillas are extra influenced and higher proficient than the protection forces turns into transparent in such incidents. actually, a tender Maoist guerilla who surrendered many years again and now leads convinced anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh acknowledged it essentially. After he hand over the move he was once despatched via the police with dozens of different males to coach with the military in Kashmir. earlier than that, he bought education with the Naga battalion of the CRPF. 'But I inform you, the learning was once not anything compared to the educational given by way of Naxals. they've got loads of jazba (motivation) … yet examine the significant forces.

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