New Delhi: Maoists based in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh have claimed responsibility for the recent attack on CRPF jawans – the worst in few years – and warned the security forces not to come in way of their 'revolution'.
A News18.com report claimed on Friday that the home-grown rebels have released an audio message in which they have claimed responsibility for the gruesome attack.
Their attack on the CRPF jawan was in retaliation to Operation Green Hunt launched by the government against Naxals, they claimed.
In the 16-minute long audio message clip, a spokesperson of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) also hailed the attack by the outfit’s military arm People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) on the CRPF personnel.
The Maoists' spokesperson, who spoke in Hindi, said that their “fight” was not with the paramilitary personnel, but warned central forces against standing in the way of “revolution”.
He also appealed to them and to the police personnel to leave the forces, which he said were targeting activists and journalists.
“In 2016, the government killed nine of our people in Chhattisgarh and 21 in Odisha. The ambush is a reaction to these killings and sexual violence against our women,” Vikalp, the Maoists spokesperson reportedly said.
He also alleged that the state police had gang-raped tribal women and killed villagers in “fake” encounters.
However, the veracity of the purported audio clip, which has become viral on the social media, and the claims made by the Maoists could not be confirmed.