Sunday, January 08, 2006

Communists declare war on big companies

Maoists declare war on big companies (The Hindustan Times, December 14,2005)
Excerpt:

Big corporate houses venturing into Naxalite-hit states may be in for some trouble. The extremists have said they would “step up activities” against the big companies, including MNCs, which are being set up by “forcibly displacing people”.
Senior members of the CPI (Maoists) central committee — the group’s all-powerful body — said it plans to target the companies in the mineral rich belts of Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Speaking to a select group of reporters in a remote and “secure location” on Tuesday, the committee members said they also intend to target police armories to arm tribals along the Red corridor — from Nepal to south — to fight displacement.
“MNC interests have triggered state-aided brutal area-domination exercises to sanitise tribal-held land so that industries can be set up there. We intend to hit back strongly. The Dandakaranya-Visakhapatnam gas pipeline is a target,” the committee members told the Hindustan Times.
They also gave the specific period when they intended to attack. “The counter-strikes could coincide with the ongoing silver jubilee celebrations of the PW (a constituent of the CPI-Maoists) in the Dandakaranya region where the police have resorted to a scorched-earth policy to force our supporters to clear the area.”
Asked about their resources, they did not rule out raids on banks — a shift in their policy — if there was a need to replenish their coffers. The option of raising it through “levies” is also open.

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