Friday, April 01, 2016

Seven policemen killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh: Naxalism is not terrorism!

In yet another attack on paramilitary forces, the Maoists killed seven personnel in Chhattisgarh.

The attack took place in Dantewada in southern Chhattisgarh.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were travelling in the truck when a landmine blast was engineered.

The truck was blown to pieces in the blast. There was a big crater on the spot where the truck was blown up.

 The Maoists who were present, sprayed bullets on the CRPF personnel, and escaped with the weapons. Earlier, three CRPF personnel including two commands were killed in an attack earlier this month.

That incident had occurred in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. Apart from the three dead, 15 other personnel were injured. The CRPF's CoBRA commandos were patrolling the jungles when Naxalites fired at them. This incident had occurred on March 3rd.

Clearly, Red Terror or Left-wing extremism remains a big challenge for India. However, the establishment and the media, doesn't seem to give much importance to killings in Chhattisgarh.

The coverage in newspapers and TV channels, clearly shows it. No mainstream paper carried the news as first lead on the front page. Maoist insurgency is not considered, terrorism. Is it because it is away from Urban India?