For the first time, Maoists are debating the manner in which they kill people. Kishanji, the 51-year old politburo member of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), said its leaders would review the recent beheading of inspector Francis Induwar.
“A committee would seek a report on the circumstances in which he had to be beheaded,” Kishanji said, even as Maoist insurgents on Tuesday raided a police station, shot dead two officers and kidnapped another.
The decapitated body of the 50-year-old inspector Induwar was found on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi highway in Jharkhand on October 6.
Between January and August 2008, 317 civilians were killed owing to Maoists violence. This year, till August 31, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 341 people had been killed.
But this is the first time the Maoists have admitted to a debate in party circles over the manner of elimination.
Kishanji said this when HT quizzed him on the contents of a circular sent to the Andhra Pradesh state committee of the CPI (Marxist Leninist-People’s War) in 1998.
In that circular, the central committee of the CPI (Marxist Leninist)(Peoples War) had warned its cadres against excessive bloodbath.
“Many leaders have taken decisions without consulting the people, our support base. This is creating a reaction against us,” the circular had warned.
On Monday Kishanji claimed core committees review all actions of CPI (Maoist) cadres.
“Between 2004 and 2008 in the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa belt, the area committee found that 85 per cent of the executions were perfect.”
According to him all executions by the Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army in and around Lalgarh between June 18 and October this year were justified.
There have been close to 72 executions in this period, but the Maoists accept responsibility for only around 35.
Lalgarh, in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, 160 km southwest of Kolkata, has been severely affected by left-wing extremism for months.