Surprise, surprise, the "anti-Maoist" movement in parts of India is a not homegrown , spontaneous phenomenon but controlled and directed by the Indian state. Not only that it's been bringing terror down on the very people it's claiming to "aid" through forced displacement, physical attacks and other means. You can read the article here
Excerpts: A probe report by five human rights groups Friday said the anti-Maoist movement in Chhattisgarh was totally state-managed and "not a spontaneous tribesmen's uprising against Maoists" as was being made out by the government.
A 14-member team of five different rights groups conducted investigations into the movement, locally called 'salwa judum', in areas where it is said to have taken root like Bijapur, Geedam and Bhairamgarh blocks of the Bastar region.
In its report released Friday, the human right groups said their investigators met thousands of people, senior officers, guerrillas and political leaders and found that the "salwa judum is far from the spontaneous uprising of tribals against Maoists that it is claimed to be. It is an organised and state-managed enterprise".
Chhattisgarh's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government claims the "tribespeople of Bastar have launched a movement against Maoists and the government is just providing moral support to agitation to wipe out Maoism".
Home Minister Ramvichar Netam informed state assembly Dec 21 that 90 people were killed so far in tribesmen's anti-Maoist movement that broke out in June this year.
But the rights report said: "The salwa judum has led to the forcible displacement of people throughout Bhairamgarh, Geedam and Bijapur areas, under police and administrative supervision. Nearly 15,000 people from 420 villages are living as refugees in temporary camps," the report said.
"Villagers (were) forced to attend salwa judum meetings and those who refused to participate face repeated attacks by the combined forces of the police and the paramilitary troopers and the Naga Armed Police (NAP) deployed in the area," the report read.
"Seventy-five percent salwa judum meetings organised by the collector with the backing of troopers, the main cadre of salwa judum, comprise police officers who are being paid and armed by the state," the report added.
The human rights groups called for stopping the militarisation of society in Bastar, which was pitting tribesmen against each other as part of the anti-Maoist operation and "using people as a shield".
The groups demanded "a judicial enquiry into all killings committed by the paramilitary troopers which have gone unrecorded".