The Naxals have become a nuisance in Chattisgarh, especially in the Bastar district. From murdering CRPF officials to spreading terror and violence in the entire area, they are literally waging a war against the establishment. While they have always maintained that their stance and actions are unlike terrorists and other militant organizations, documents recovered by the police from their camps revealed the Naxals to be nothing different from other militant groups, especially the Kashmiri separatists.
According to reports, the Naxals have now started imposing the idea of “freedom” used by the Kashmiri separatists while training the youth and bringing the locals into their team. The same has even been mentioned in their mouthpiece ‘Prabhat’ of the July-September edition last year. A secret magazine, this edition of ‘Prabhat’ was recovered by the police from the Naxal camps after a successful encounter. Along with the Hindi edition, a Gondi edition has also been recovered by the police.
It must be recalled here that the Naxals, who made their entry into the state more than four decades ago, have been demanding a separate state called Dandakaranya, a region that spreads across five Indian states – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. While they have repeatedly claimed their reason of conflict with the state to be exactly different from other militant organizations, their claim for a separate region to themselves is no different than the Kashmiri separatists’ claim for an azaad Kashmir. In fact, the successive clashes in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University right after the encounter of Burhan Wani showcased the existence of a group who are in favor of providing freedom to the Naxals alongside the Kashmiri separatists. Furthermore, there are numerous internationals magazines and bulletins, which have time and again placed the Maoists and the Naxals on the same platform as other militant organizations across the world, including Lashkar-e-Toiba, another militant group infecting the minds of the youth in Kashmir.
In a number of editions of ‘Prabhat’, the conflict between the Center and the Kashmiri separatists has been highlighted and regarded as justified, with “freedom” being upheld as the perfect and sole solution to the entire conflict. In fact, Burhan Wani, the commander of the Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, had been referred to as a “martyr” by the Naxals in their magazine right after the former was killed in an encounter by the Indian Army.
According to police sources in the region, the Naxals are using the Gondi version of the magazine to poison the minds of the innocent villagers and the youth, and lure them into their organization. Furthermore, by referring to Burhan Wani as a Naxal martyr, the group has been doing their best to strengthen their own army.