Sunday, March 28, 2010

Red rebels hijack Martyrs’ Day

TNN, Mar 27, 2010, 04.36am IST


NAGPUR: Naxalites didn't just hijack a explosives' truck, they have also cocked asnook at security forces deployed in Gadchiroli forests by observing Martyrs' Day of March 23, the day on which freedom revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged in 1931, on a large scale.

The images, in possession of TOI, depict celebration and meetings organized by the Naxals involving villagers in large numbers. This can affect the morale of deployed security forces and also raises questions about their influence in the combat zone where Maoist movements seem unchallenged.

The turnout, and presence of armed women cadres, challenges cops' claim that support for the rebels and strength of the dalams were depleting. Several images of the Maoist organized programmes filtered in from villages and adjoining jungles along the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border in north Gadchiroli.

The rebels, along with villagers in interior areas, celebrated the day with revolutionary fervour.

Through meetings and cultural activities, they raised fiery visions of the legendary lives of the three martyrs. When the day passed like just another in cities and towns, the revered tales and wisdom of revolutionaries reverberated in the jungles of the Gadchiroli thanks to the rebels who are, ironically, fighting against government of free India.

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