Selective annihilation and IED explosions in Chhattisgarh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

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The old Indian State, at the same time as it is carrying out cowardly fake-encounters and massacres, celebrates the so-called ”democratic process” of the Lok Sabha elections. However, despite heightened repressive measures to secure this circus, the Maoist guerrillas are reported to have carried out selective annihilation against electoralists and police informants in Chhattisgarh.

On the 16th of April a local leader of the BJP Pancham Das was captured at his house by Maoists and later executed on charges of being a police informant and working for the BJP in Dandwan village, Narayanpur, Chhattisgarh. Banners and leaflets had been distributed in the village denouncing the crimes of Pancham Das as well as the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which is a paramilitary organization. Das had been warned multiple times to stop his snitching, but as he didn’t heed this warning, he was executed.

In Narayanpur, the BJP leaders live in fear, as they have recently sent a letter to the Union Home Minister seeking for security cover for themselves against the Maoists, who have carried out multiple successful actions against them as we have written earlier:

On the 27th of April, only two hours after the polls closed for the second round of the elections in Chhattisgarh, it is reported that 20-30 Maoists entered the house of Joga Podiyam, a former district councilor and a member of the Indian National Congress Party, and executed him. This took place only 500 meters away from a Chhattisgarh Armed Forces camp.

Throughout April, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by the Maoists have caused losses to the paramilitaries of the old Indian State.

On the 10th of April, two officers of the Special Task Force were injured in an IED blast near Itwar village in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh.

On the 19th of April, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable was killed in an IED blast near a polling station in Bijapur. On the same day, an assistant commandant of the CRPF received serious injuries in his hands and legs in a separate IED blast. The CRPF was in the area to secure the electoral circus.

In addition, a JCB operator was injured in an IED blast on a road construction site between Kamraguda and Kormeta villages in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, on the 10th of April. A police official claimed this is a proof that the Maoists are “anti-development”, when in reality these road construction sites only serve even greater imperialist plunder of India and not the needs of the remote villages.

The media also reports that Maoists have been seen calling the people not to vote in the Lok Sabha elections in Wayanad, Kerala on the 24th of April.

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