The Big Question Are Naxalites Getting Political Protection

The questions about the continuous deaths of the security guards in the Naxal attacks in Magadh region and the political protection of the Naxalites are becoming vociferous. The Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Pranav Sahay has made this question bigger by stating that the Naxalites are being provided with political protection. The answer to this question is known to every person in the Imamganj Vidhan Sabha Constituency of Gaya District, but the people will not say anything because if they do that then they will either become the targets of the Naxalites or they will become the prey of police torture. The Police Administration is lame in front of the Maoist parallel Government. Government employees posted here are living at the mercy of the Naxalites. The roads are under construction, most of the school buildings have been destroyed by the Naxalites. The education of children is being interrupted, but still it is being said that there is good governance in Bihar. Nitish Kumar may claim a million times that there is good governance in the State, but the reality is different.
After the death of 5 policemen due to the Naxalite bomb blast that occurred in the Barha Forest of Dumariya Police Sector in Gaya District on 18 October, it has been proved that the writ of the Naxalite organisation, Communist Party of India (Maoist), which was banned in 2009, and the Maoist parallel Government runs in the frontline areas of Gaya, Aurangabad and Navada districts. The Bihar Government and the Police Administration may make claims a million times, but the reality is that the same thing occurs in these areas : what the Naxalites want happens. Till date, approximately one and a half dozen security personnel have already died in the Imamganj Vidhan Sabha Constituency. If there is a Maoist parallel Government running in the area of the Janata Dal (United) (JD (U)) Legislator and the President of Bihar Vidhan Sabha, Uday Narayan Chaudhary, then you can speculate how there can be good governance in others areas of the State. After visiting the site where his five security personnel were killed due to landmines, the DG of the CRPF, Pranav Sahay said that the Naxalites have political and social protection.
The security personnel posted in the Naxalite areas also know who is providing political protection to the Naxalites. Why are they are getting social protection? The security personnel who have become desperate due to the death of their colleagues mention the names of persons who are providing political protection, but when the DG of the CRPF also says this then the Government and the Police Administration should not take it lightly. The frightened and scared people who are deprived of development and justice and the political leaders who are providing political protection to the Naxalites will have to seriously accept the statements made by the DG of the CRPF. The issue of political protection of the Naxalites also came forward when the Union Home Secretary, R K Singh came to Barachatti in Gaya District with the Cobra Battalion to familiarise himself with the conditions in Naxalite areas. He said that the Bihar Government will be provided with helicopters to combat the Naxalites, but the State Government refused to take them. In 1997, when a field firing range of the Army was going to be constructed, then too it was abandoned due to a political conspiracy. If the field firing range would have been constructed then Naxalism would not have spread in the frontline areas of Bihar and Jharkhand. At that time it was proposed that the 120 km long and 80 km broad field firing range of the Army would be constructed in 18 blocks of Palamu, Ghadva, Chatra, Gaya and Aurangabad districts of Bihar. Today, all these blocks of Bihar-Jharkhand are affected by Naxalism and it has become a big problem for the police of both the States. Even before the 18 October incident, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) had attacked the Imamganj Constituency of Gaya District and killed around one and a half dozen security personnel. On 22 August 2008, the Naxalites attacked the Imamganj police during patrolling in Raniganj Bazaar, in which 7 policemen were martyred. On 9 September 2010, during the Bihar Vidhan Sabha Elections, the Naxalites blew up the office of Bankey Bazaar Block, in which 1 security person was martyred. Again on 20 September 2010, while deactivating a ‘can’ bomb in Londa Village of Dumaria, a sepoy of the Bomb Disposal Squad, Anil Kumar Singh and a soldier of the Home Guards, Bajeshwar Prasad were martyred. On 17 January 2011, during a combing operation in the forest areas of Barha-Shakarbanda of Dumaria, a soldier of the CRPF, Sanjay Bhadra was martyred due to a landmine blast. On 10 August 2012, the Naxalites attacked a squad of the CRPF in the same forest area and continuously detonated 85 blasts in which a soldier of Cobra Battalion was martyred. On 10 September 2012, a soldier of Cobra Battalion, BN Chaudhary, was martyred in the dense forest of Luti Tand of Dumaria due to a Naxalite attack. It can be understood from all these incidents whose Government is running in the frontline areas of Bihar-Jharkhand.


Field Firing Range – If’s and But’s

Before the partition of Bihar, when a movement was announced in 1997 for protesting against the construction of a field firing range in the five districts of Central Bihar, then the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also started to say the same things as the banned Naxalite organisation, Communist Party of India ( Maoist ) was saying. At that time the State BJP was protesting against the field firing range to protect the interests of a Member of Parliament (MP) of its party. This MP had good relations with the Naxalites. Moreover, the expenses of approximately 400 schools of the Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra, a BJP associated organisation running in the area, were being borne by him and because of these virtues, he became an MP. At that time disputes were evident in the BJP over the firing range decision taken by some of the BJP leaders.  After this, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) started to keep a sharp eye on the leaders of the BJP because of the field firing range issue. The CIA also questioned Uday Narayan Chaudhary, the State President of the Rashtriya Janata Dal for protesting against the construction of the field firing range, because Chaudhary said that he will not allow construction of the field firing range in his area at any cost. in 1992, the scheme for the construction of the field firing range in Netarhat and surrounding areas of the Palamu District was introduced, but due to protests from the local residents, it was deferred till 1994. Again in 1997, it was decided to construct the field firing range in the 18 blocks of the four districts. If the field firing range had been constructed, Bihar-Jharkhand today would not have faced Naxalite problems, the area would have developed and people would be living peacefully.


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