Aerial bombings have been carried out on the Chhattisgarh-Telangana border. Aerial bombings, in the name of countering Maoist influence, are genocidal assaults by the state on its own citizens. CDRO firmly believes that these aerial bombings, in the name of countering Maoist influence, are genocidal assaults by the state on its own citizens.
COORDINATION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS (CDRO)
Stop the genocidal attack by the Indian State against its own people
On 11th January 2023, a joint operation was launched by the CoBRA squad of the Central Reserve Police Force, the anti-Naxal squad of Greyhound and the District Reserve Guard comprising the SPOs of the notorious Salwa Judum. According to different news reports, widespread aerial bombings have been carried out on the Chhattisgarh-Telangana border. CDRO firmly believes that these aerial bombings, in the name of countering Maoist influence, are genocidal assaults by the state on its own citizens. These aerial attacks, even considering the region to be an internal conflict zone, are in violation of international human rights and laws meant to safeguard the rights of civilians in the zone of conflict and to restrict the damage to all concerned. But here we find that while the rest of the country is celebrating harvest time, the tribals in the regions are afraid to step out and participate in harvesting agricultural products. CDRO would like to point out that this is not the first time that the Indian government has resorted to this type of bombing. In the last two years, several villages have borne the brunt of aerial bombing.
Why does the fascist regime so interested in carrying out the bombing? An answer to this lies in the fact that these regions of Chhattisgarh-Telangana-Odisha, as well as regions in adjacent states of Jharkhand and Maharashtra, are rich in minerals and are also zones of conflict between the people and the corporates. The rights and livelihood of the common people are getting trampled every day at the hand of greedy corporates aided by the fascist government at the centre. The government is carrying out a two-pronged attack on the common people— on one hand, they are diluting the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to facilitate the corporate loot and on the other side, the government is carrying out direct military action to suppress any opposition to the land grab by the corporates in the name of countering Maoists. Further, the affected villages are inhabited by the tribal population. It may be noted that the attempts to forcefully evict these people under the guise of economic development go against the provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 which stipulates that the recommendations of the Gram Sabha or the Panchayats at the appropriate level shall be made mandatory prior to the grant of prospecting licence or mining lease for minor minerals in the Scheduled Areas. CDRO strongly believes that these aerial bombings are attempts to create terror in the hearts of the common people of the area and thereby ensure getting mining rights easily.
CDRO urges all democratic and justice-loving people of the country to oppose the aerial bombing and the military attack by the government on its own people. CDRO demands:
- Immediate halting of aerial bombing by the government on its own people
- Immediately withdraw the military and semi-military forces involved in this genocide
- Recognize Maoist issue as a socio-political-economic question and engage with them politically
(Asish Gupta) (Tapas Chakraborty) (Kranthi Chaitanya)
Constituent Organisations of CDRO:
Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR, Punjab); Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR, Haryana), Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR, West Bengal); Asansol Civil Rights Association(West Bengal); Bandi Mukti Committee(West Bengal); Civil Liberties Committee (Andhra Pradesh); Civil Liberties Committee (Telangana); Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (Maharashtra); Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR TamilNadu); Coordination for Human Rights (Manipur); Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (Assam); Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights; Peoples’Committee for Human Rights (Jammu and Kashmir); Peoples Democratic Forum(Karnataka); Jharkhand Council for Democratic Rights (Jharkhand); Peoples Union For Democratic Rights (Delhi); Peoples Union for Civil Rights (Haryana), Campaign for Peace & Democracy in Manipur, Delhi; Janakeeya Manushyaavakasha Prasthanam, Kerala.
The systematic militarisation of the Dandakarnya and Abhujmaad regions over the last two decades has led to an endemic state of war against the first nations, who are sought to be cleansed from their forest homelands. The latest developments – of aerial bombing – in this sordid history of state power at the service of corporate wealth, must be reported in greater detail and widely circulated. Only exposure to the light of public condemnation will stay the hand of these forces claiming legitimacy for their genocidal actions.