RAIPUR: Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma and Ex-MLA of Rajnandgaon Mudaliyar have been killed when a group of Naxalites ambushed a convoy of senior Congress leaders at Darbha Ghat section on Jagdalpur-Sukma highway in tribal Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.
Security personnel killed go unnoticed. Condolences to their families. Hope all injured speedy recovery.
Why did Ajit Jogi former chief minister of Chhattisgarh come back to leave the parivartan rally and his companion leaders alone there before two hours?
ADG (intelligence) Mukesh Gupta has confirmed the Maoist attack. "The attack took place near Darbha when the convoy was returning from Sukma", he said.
The attack took place around 5.15 pm when the leaders were returning to Jagdalpur from Sukma district.
The attack came days after the Maoists' threat to target Congress and BJP leaders in the state before assembly elections due later in this year. (Details awaited) At least 17 people, including a local leader of India's governing Congress party and security personal, have been killed.
Unconfirmed reports said that a former Congress legislator Uday Mudaliyar was also killed in the ambush while senior Congress leader and former union minister VC Shukla, Sukma's Congress legislator Kawasai Lakma were among the critically injured. There is no confirmation about reports that Chhattisgarh state Congress president Nanndkumar Patel and his close family members were missing and were probably abducted by the rebels.
"Karmaji is no more. We don't have any more details", Karma's close family members told TOI over telephone. However, police and civil officials neither confirmed nor denied reports about heavy causalities in the Maoist ambush.
Senior Congress leaders were on their way to Keshloor from Sukma after attending a parivartan yatra meeting at Sukma when a group of about 150 armed Maoists resorted indiscriminate firing and triggered a powerful blast targeting their convoy. Preliminary reports said a local Congress leader Gopi Madwani was killed.
"We are waiting for confirmation about these reports. I don't have any details", state Congress media cell in charge Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said.
An official spokesman said chief minister Raman Singh has cancelled his Vikas Yatra and is returning to the state capital where he is expected to hold a high level meeting to take stock of the situation.
Unconfirmed reports said Karma, who was prominently known as Bastar tiger, was initially kidnapped for identification and then they pumped 20 bullets after beating him on his head with the gun's butt. There was a cross firing between Karma's guards and Naxalites but when the guards ran out of bullets, Karma surrendered along with few other Congress leaders.
Former MLA Konta, Kawasi Lakhma is said to be safe and admitted to the hospital. He got injured during the firing when the glass of his vehicle's windowpane broke down.
Karma, who had spearheaded the controversial anti-Naxalite movement Salwa Judum which began in June 2005, was already on the Maoist hit- list and he had survived several attempts on his life. It is said that more than 150 Naxalites were there firing indiscriminately.
Mahendra Karma, a former Home Minister of the state was a guiding force behind "Salwa Judum" (anti-Naxal operation by vigilante groups),Mahendra Karma was killed when a large number of Maoists opened fire on the rally. The burst of gunfire was preceded by a blast.
Mahendra Karma was a politician from Chhattisgarh, India. He was the leader of the opposition in the Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha from 2003 to 2008 and belongs to the Congress party. In 2005, he organised the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites (Maoists) in Chhattisgarh. The initiative was praised by the Chief Minister Raman Singh, but has been criticized as a "Vigilante militia" by pro-Naxalite groups. He was a Minister of Industry and Commerce in the Ajit Jogi cabinet since 2000 to 2004. He was killed by naxalites on 25th May 2013. He was leading a Parivartan Rally in Sukma when he was attacked.
Karma, an ethnic adivasi, formed the Salwa Judum, a supposedly anti-Naxalite movement led by local elites. Despite being an opposition party member, Karma aggressively lobbied in order to get bipartisan support for the Salwa Judum, and largely succeeded in 2005, when Salwa Judum was adopted by the state government and recruited as a corp of "Special Police Officers". They were given broad latitude in their actions. After the Supreme Court expressed disapproval of the Salwa Judum movement in 2008 and asked the state of Chhattisgarh to implement remedial measures mentioned in the National Human Rights Commission report which had detailed widespread human rights abuses committed by the Salwa Judum, the movement slowly started to disappear from the Chhattisgarh state.
On 8 November 2012, Karma survived an assassination attempt by Naxalite insurgents, when the landmine blast targeting his motorcade as it passed through a forest in Dantewada district failed to kill him. Karma escaped unscathed, while his driver and two security guards were injured.
On 25th May 2013, Mahendra Karma was assassinated in a Maoist attack in Jagdalpur district of Chhattisgarh.
Hear Union Minister Jairma Ramesh
Union rural development ministerJairam Ramesh said on May 17, 2013 that naxalism is strong wherever Congress party has become weak. Ramesh said naxalism is strong in those stated where Congress is not in power like Jharkhand have not seen Congress rule for the past 13 years, Chhatisgarh for 10 years and Orissa for 12 years.
UPA govt. encourages naxal movements to say 'Salva judum' originated by Congress leader Mahendra Karma, is not helpful to the tribal. 36 figured between Jogi and Karma.Jogi is freely enterable in 10 janpath
As reported on Feb 3, 2005, Sonia Gandhi forced cops to let Naxalleaders free to murder democracy! Congress could win in Andhra because of the help of armed naxalites! Today May 25, 2013 at late night Sonia said: It’s an attack on democratic values.
Naxal- ISI Nexus
Central government is for whole India but UPA Govt says that every state is free to take decision separately for naxalites problem.
Govt. is finghting friendly. This is not electon to fight friendly. Congress fought its allies friendly in Bihar, WB and Keral. This formula can't be adopted every where. Naxalites talks Andhra Govt. then they attacked Chhattisgarh. Ater attacking they run Andhra to hide. This is followed in Orissa, jharkhand, Bihar and other places.
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