Adivasi group questions Maoist surrender claims
…However, the Adivasi Mahasabha, the Congress and the CPI have raised
questions over the recent arrests and surrenders. “The Bastar police
arrested Manjhiram Kashyap and Sukhdev Nag from Tahakwada on August 25
and claimed that the two were involved in the Jiram Ghati attack on the
Congress convoy last year. But Kashyap suffers from physical disability
due to an accident three years ago and Sukhdev was already interrogated
by the NIA for the Jiram attack and it found him not guilty,” said
Manish Kunjam, former MLA and president of the Adivasi Mahasabha, in a
letter to the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister. State Congress president
Bhupesh Baghel also questioned the spate of surrenders.
“Innocent tribals are being forced to surrender by the police just to
win praise from their seniors and the media. Police claimed that two
hardcore Maoists, Chaitram Salam and his wife Manjula, surrendered
before them but the fact is that Manjula was working as a cook before
the so-called surrender,” Mr. Baghel told reporters in Raipur.