Maoists condemn Akshay and Saina for helping CRPF martyrs’ kin
The condemnation by Maoists came less than a month after the rebels killed 25 paramilitary personnel and injured six in Chhattisgarh’s south Sukma region.india Updated: May 28, 2017 21:32 IST
Chhattisgarh’s Maoists have lashed out at Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and badminton star Saina Nehwal for giving financial help to the families of 12 CRPF jawans they killed in an ambush on March 11.
A Maoist leaflet on Sunday said the popular actor and the Olympics medallist should not support forces that loot the poor.
The leaflet from CPI(Maoist) Bastar south sub-zonal bureau said they strongly condemned Akshay and Nehwal’s gesture. The Maoists appealed to celebrities to support their krantikari andolan (revolutionary movement) and the poor, and also speak against human rights violations and police atrocities.
The rebels also condemned cow vigilantes and said they were killing Muslims and Dalits under the pretext of preventing cow slaughter.
Chhattisgarh’s special director general (anti-Maoist operations), DM Awasthi, said the leaflet “reflects their mentality” and everyone should denounce such a mentality. “Everyone appreciates what the two celebrities did for the martyrs and it is a nationalist approach.”
Maoists have killed more than 3,000 civilians and security personnel across the country. Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal are among the states most affected by left-wing extremism.