Fake Surrenders, Molestations & CRPF deaths – The Battleground of Bastar


Molestation of women by security forces in Chhattisgarh

In a response to a question asked in 2016, in RajyaSabha, the ministry of state in the ministry of home affairs admitted that FIR’s have been filed against security personnel in Bijapur and Sukma districts.

The minister further added that NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) guidelines are reiterated to field units from time to time to prevent the development of such mentality among the security forces.

As per the planning commission report on development in LWE areas that was submitted in 2008, “Personnel to be given training including in matters relating to Fundamental Right of the citizen and Human Rights; Along with these measures both development administration and magistrates require to be strengthened for providing good governance in these areas.”

So obviously the report was reduced to be a collectible or an artifact which now is collecting dust in the cobwebs’s of the parliament houses, where i believe all such reports end up.

Molestation

Fake Naxal Surrender

In a response to a question on Fake Naxal Surrender, in 2014, the minister of state in the ministry of home affairs responded saying that 327 Maoist cadres had surrendered just from Bastar alone. He goes on to add that an institution is responsible for this fake surrenders who collect money from students including tribals and in return, they are promised jobs in the police department/army by having them surrendered as naxals.

An FIR has also been filed in 2014.

As per the government data ( LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2423), Chattisgarh saw a dramatic increase in the number of surrenders in 2014 when compared to the previous years. From 28 surrenders in 2013 to an incredible 413 surrenders in 2014.

Surrender

When CRPF lost it’s men:

In 2014, 14 of the CRPF men were killed in an encounter with the Maoists. It was a very sad turn of events. A closer look at this incident reveals that it was not as if the Maoists were strategically better prepared than the CRPF, it was more of the CRPF’s under preparedness that claimed their lives.

As per the Minister of State’s response to a question asked during the question hour, six security forces personnel in the team were infected with malaria. It was decided to evacuate the sick personnel through helicopter.

But the helicopter could not land due to water logging and heavy undergrowth in the area of the identified landing site. Since the condition of the personnel was serious, the troops decided to move towards village Kasalpara, Sukma, where suitable space for helicopter landing was available and had to change the original plan envisaged in the operation to facilitate evacuation of the said sick personnel.

For a the mineral rich but economically poor state like Chattisgarh, where basic livelihood is an everyday struggle, when incidents like fake Naxal surrenders, molestations, CRPF deaths happen, the adivasis basic survival for life and dignity also becomes an everyday struggle. They are caught up between the two sides, both of whom promise to protect their present and future, but both of them end up putting them at even greater risk at all times.

These incidents although are still happening, unfortunately, do not get reported. They are not reported because the local journalists and the local activists who raise their voice are locked up behind the bars. And when they do get reported, they don’t become breaking news nor they become headlines, the news just finds some corner space to just die down on their own, similar to the fate of the adivasis in these war torn regions of Chattisgarh.

The Supreme Court in it’s judgement against Salwa Judum very aptly put it “Prevent the emergence of great dissatisfaction and disaffection on account of the manner and mode of extraction and distribution of natural resources and organization of social action, it’s benefits and costs”. Can the state really do this? Or can we the citizens do something to make the state really do this?

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