Salwa Judum is answer to naxal menace: Raman Singh Vs. Salwa Judum does not exist: Chhattisgarh Govt.
I share with you all two contradictory reports in the matter of Salwa Judum here below.
The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh states on the floor of the house that Salwa Judum will end only after the end of naxalism in the state where as at the Supreme Court of India they inform that Salwa Judum, to fight Naxals doesn't exist and almost dead.
NDTV Correspondent Thursday, February 05, 2009, (Raipur)
The Chhattisgarh government has told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Salwa Judum, the force set up by the state to fight Naxals doesn't exist.
The government said the anti-Naxal force was almost dead and doesn't exist.
But both the court and the National Human Rights Commission was not satisfied with the government's claim.
The court observed, "Giving arms to private citizens is bad. If the state is not supplying arms how are they getting it."
Salwa Judum is answer to naxal menace: Raman Singh
10 Jan 2009, 0014 hrs IST, PTI
RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said Salwa Judum is the answer to get rid of the naxal menace in the state and made it clear that it would end only after the end of naxalism in the state
Speaking after more than eight hours of discussion on the vote of thanks on the Governors speech, in the Assembly, Singh said though the Congress members are expressing their concern over the naxal menace, there was no mention about the naxalism in their election manifesto.
Singh said it appears that Congress members do not want to oppose naxalism in the state.
Singh said Salwa Judum was started as people of Bastar have had enough of naxal atrocities and no longer wanted to suffer silently. He added that the movement would continue till the naxal menace is eradicated
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The above facts exposes the dual face of the state of Chhattisgarh which is also sailing rough waters at two of the petitions filed by the relatives of those tribals who have been killed in what they say a fake encounter. Recently SPOs have killed about 20 innocent tribals in cold blood which the police says is an encounter in which they have killed dreaded naxalites.
Orissa has to learn lessons from Chhattisgarh experience which has played the Salwa Judum game in the name of cleansing naxals from Dantewada area (not from whole Chhattisgarh) that has resulted in spurt in violent incidents that took lives of many innocent tribals. Police has failed to maintaining law and order but is busy inmanaging transfers and postings to avoid going to naxal infested areas and they expect to do their job by arming civilians.
TRUTH OF SALWA JUDUM:Salwa Judum has been started on 5th June, 2005 i.e. within less than 24 hours of Tatas signing MoU to set up steel plant in Bastar. Naxals had made their intentions clear that they will not allow any mass scale displacement but the Salwa Judum has resulted in burning and destrying over 644 villages that housed 3.5 lakh tribals, looting their belongings, injuring and killing many innocents and forcing tribals to take shelter in relief camps. This is the truth of Salwa Judum.