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Indian Maoists Seize Weapons in Orissa

Posted by n3wday on November 29, 2008

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The Maoist movement in India has been gaining strength in recent years. In the mid 1990’s the Naxal movement was only effecting four states and  fifteen districts. However by 2007 Maoism had become prevalent in 18 states and 194 districts. The Naxalites are known for their daring arm seizures. This article provides and example. This article was published by People’s Truth.

The town people welcomed the attack and even joined in to give slogans along with the Maoists. After the attack it is reported that the Maoists calmly had a full meal in restaurants and paid the bills.”

Seizure of Arms at Nayagarh, Orissa

On Feb.15, 2008, a reported 500 Maoists laid siege to the main stockpiles of armaments at Nayagarh, 85 kms from Bhubaneshwar [the capital of Orissa]. In the ensuing gun battles 13 police and two others were killed and nine injured. The attacks in Nayagarh included the Armoury, the Town police station, the Police Training School, the Police Station at Daspalla, and the outpost at Galeri.

The Naxalites faced no losses during the precision attack, and throughout the entire operation spoke on loudspeakers to the people to remain calm as none would get hurt. They explained the purpose of the attack was to seize the arms of the government in order to fight for the poor. The town people welcomed the attack and even joined in to give slogans along with the Maoists. After the attack it is reported that the Maoists calmly had a full meal in restaurants and paid the bills.

The police personnel killed (6 in the Armoury, 3 in the PTS, 2 in the Town Police Station, 3 at the Mahipur outpost, and 2 others) were only those who tried to resist.

The Maoists seized about 600 automatic weapons and huge quantities of ammunition. They then retreated. It was about 15 hours when the first government force came as sought to counter the Maoists. Massive forces were brought and helicopters were pressed into service.

With this the media went on a high profile propaganda saying they had killed 20 Maoists and recaptured most of the arms (first they said 20% and finally went up to 80%). But with all the forces they brought they were not able to recover a single arm and only got what the Maoists themselves destroyed — the more simple arms. In all three comrades were martyred. One mahilla comrade was martyred while trying to retrieve the body of another comrade.

The media also propagated horror stories of the Maoist having mutilated vital organs of those killed. And they resorted to the most gutter forms of journalism to cover up their lapses.

Meanwhile the paramilitary forces which planned to bomb the fleeing Maoists were affected by a directive by the NHRC prohibiting aerial bombing. Yet tribals in and around Gasma village fled their villages fearing full-scale war and harassment.

The question that arises is that why was such a huge quantities of arms stached away in this small town. No doubt with the massive planned loot of Orissa’s mineral wealth (iron ore, bauxite, etc) the government is sending in huge forces to crush by brute force any resistance of the local people. But the people, led by the Maoists, have turned their own guns on to them.

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