Dumka, July 26: Twenty-three days after the brutal killing of Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar and five other policemen in Kathikund, Dumka, on July 2, CPI(Maoist) for the first time claimed onus for the deaths and justified it as a reply to “continued oppression of innocent people by the forces”.
Copies of a hand-written press release in Hindi, signed by Santhal Pargana zonal committee spokesperson Sonot ji and distributed at drop-boxes of media houses late yesterday, stated the July 2 ambush was a sangharsh (struggle) conducted in a safaltapurwak (successful) manner.
Dated July 19, the release claimed innocent people were being arrested and implicated in false cases and were killed in fake encounters.
“So many people were arrested and killed in Santhal Pargana in fake police encounters,” the statement ran, mentioning rebel Somnath Murmu was killed in “police captivity” in Khodamba in 2009.
“Killing of Pakur SP is a part of our reprisal against such police activities,” it said.
The statement referred to an SKMU seminar in the aftermath of the SP killing, taking strong exception to the views of participants, including those of former V-C M. Basheer Ahmed Khan and zonal IG Arun Oraon.
Rebutting Khan’s statement that Naxalism was a development hurdle, the statement said even former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had admitted that 15 paise out of a total Re 1 allocated for development was actually used. Countering IG Oraon’s supposed view that people of Santhal Pargana were passive, it said many anti-displacement movements started in Pakur and Kathikund.