It is time for the Maoists to give up arms, join main stream as their leaders dying without treatment

It is time for the Maoists to give up arms, join main stream as their  leaders dying without treatment

Are the senior leaders of the banned CPI (Maoist) including their Central Committee (CC) members who battled with serious ailments, dying because they couldn't get access to safe provinces to secure better treatment.

If we go by the sources in the Bastar and police force are to be believed, besides the heavy casualties suffered by guerrillas, their top leaders including frontline members of the Maoist central team evidently couldn't reach out to guarded places for proper medical attention to their illness and were said to have breathed their last somewhere in remote hideouts.

One cogent reason behind such a vulnerable situation for them is the strong presence of security forces, aggressive anti-Maoist operations with the renewed strategy and effective intelligence inputs targeting the rebels in the areas considered to be the latter’s strongholds in the conflict-ridden Bastar zone and adjoining border areas of Telangana, Maharashtra and Odisha.

Owing to serious ailments the Maoists had in recent years lost senior hardcore members including key CC members—Purnendu Shekhar Mukherjee, Akki Raju Hargopal, Narendra Singh, Yapa Narayan alias Haribhushan and Katti Mohan Rao. Sharda, wife of Haribhushan and Bharatakka, wife of Mohan Rao also died during the Covid-19 epidemic.

One of the most commanding Maoist leaders and CC member Ramanna who was active for decades in Bastar, and also remained secretary of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee died owing to cardiac arrest. They were cited as the masterminds of several big attacks inflicted by Maoists.Some of these leaders were seeking treatment for their illness somewhere in the forested terrain of south Bastar.

The latest setback, which was admitted by the Maoist organisation in their dispatch, is the death of a CC member Katakam Sudarshan alias Anand, 68, who carried a reward of Rs 50 lakh on his head and died owing to ailment. His death came to the limelight following the release of a 32-page public appraisal release issued by the Maoists.

The said release by the naxals says that the polit bureau member comrade Anand who was associated with our organisation (CPI-Maoist) for the last five decades. He was struggling with prolonged cardio-respiratory illness, diabetes and high blood pressure for the past few years. He died owing to a heart attack at a guerrilla base in the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border region on May 31.

The Maoists earlier admitted that the security forces inflicted severe losses on their cadres. And it is timr for the Maoists to give up arms and join the main stream for fighting for the peoples rights through peaceful and constitutional methods.

Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai last week met PM Narendra Modi in Delhi and apprised him of the action taken by his government against the Maoists in the last six months and cited that the efforts are on to eliminate the Maoist problem. He said that there are plans to start 29 more camps besides the development in the areas affected by the presence of left-wing extremists.