I share with you all, a report pubished in Tehelka regarding the killings of 17 tribals at Dantewada in Bastar by the SPOs and State police and is falsely labeled as an encounter with naxalites.
Orissa needs to learns lessons from the experience of Chhattisgarh. Salwa Judum is a militia group armed and supported by the state. No body is licenced to kill innocent villagers and to cover the crime to label them as naxalites. Many such incidents have taken place at Bastar since Salwa Judum has started but the state has managed to cover up the crime but it seems difficult for the state now to manage such henious crime committed in broad day light despite best of the efforts are made at the highest level. DGP has stated in an interview that all those who make hue and cry about the encounter are sympathisers of Naxals. Such statement in itself confirms that absolute power has made him to feel that the killers are above law. Such incidents pushes more and more people towards naxals.
'Violence will go up. This is total war' Dantewada, the hotbed of Naxal insurgency in south Chhattisgarh, has seen 20 police chiefs in as many years, each Indian Police Service (IPS) officer averaging three-to-four months in the job before scrambling to safer postings. But when he gets posted out, as he hopes, in May this year, 34-year-old IPS officer **Rahul Sharma** will have completed a full two-year term here, the second-longest by any Superintendent of Police (SP) in the district. Currently in the thick of controversy over the January 8, 2009 killings of alleged Naxals (see main story) and facing the violent backlash from the Naxals, Sharma, the highest-ranking police officer leading the boots on the ground in the region, spoke to AJIT SAHI this week in Dantewada on his counterinsurgency ops against the Naxals and defended the killings: