Salwa Judum being used to torture innocent tribals

The CPI demanded total dismantling of Salwa Judum, saying the anti-Maoist private army was being used to torture and kill innocent tribals in Chhattisgarh.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2011, 18:25 PM IST

New Delhi: The CPI on Wednesday demanded total
dismantling of Salwa Judum, saying the anti-Maoist private
army was being used to torture and kill innocent tribals in
Chhattisgarh.

Welcoming the Supreme Court directive to disband Salwa
Judum, the CPI Central Secretariat said the people of
Chhattisgarh were "sandwiched between Maoist extremists on one
side and the police and Salwa Judum on the other".

It said that under the garb of Salwa Judum, "innocent
tribal people fighting against forceful acquisition of land
for industries were arrested, tortured and killed".
Tribal youths with nominal training were also being
"armed as Special Police Officers (SPOs)" and "mostly used
against innocent tribal people. Civil and democratic rights
were openly violated," the party said.

It said that a large number of CPI cadres and leaders,
including elected representatives, have been arrested on
"cooked-up charges and put in jails for the last few months".
The party demanded complete dismantling of Salwa
Judum, disarming of the SPOs, restoration of civil liberties
and release of all CPI and other innocent tribals from jails
immediately.

PTI