‘This Was A Mistake By The CRPF’

‘This Was A Mistake By The CRPF’

INTERVIEW
“CRPF says bullets don’t have eyes. If people firing bullets are blind, they should not fire.”

He is the most vocal minister in the Union cabinet on issues concerning tribals, their rights, livelihood, and their treatment at the hands of security forces. After the latest bloodbath in Chhattisgarh, Union minister for tribal affairs and panchayati raj, Kishore Chandra Deo, spoke to Saba Naqvi.

Did Union home minister P. Chidambaram make a mistake in defending the encounter?

I believe his first statement was based on facts given by the state government, which wilfully misled him.

How can you be so certain?

I’ve spoken to all the local Congress leaders, tribal leaders, those who’ve independently visited the site, and they all believe this was a mistake by the CRPF.

So why is he defending the CRPF?

He has certain responsibilities, even though law and order is a state subject. CRPF and paramilitary forces are not trained to deal with civilian uprisings. And while taking the CRPF version, we cannot overlook they are an interested party here.

Are Maoists India’s gravest internal security threat as he and the PM believe?

I wouldn’t put it like that. Let’s examine the human shield theory, that Maoists use tribals for their protection. My point is, have you been able to protect these people from the Maoists? No. And now you complain they’re ‘human shields’, so you mow them down? None of the villagers was armed. The CRPF says bullets don’t have eyes. But if the people firing bullets are blind, they should not fire. If it is dark, use night vision equipment. If you don’t have it, don’t go out at night.

Are 5th schedule and tribal advisory councils solutions?

It’s a good idea, but such councils can only be, as their name suggests, advisory. We need a completely different approach. My state has wide experience in tackling Naxalism. We need a force like the AP’s Greyhounds, not Salwa Judum. People also complain that Maoists block development schemes, road construction. Use CRPF to protect development works. Take them out of policing people.

From OUTLOOK-16.07.12

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3 Responses to “‘This Was A Mistake By The CRPF’”

  1. joygopal 20 July 2012 at 6:06 PM #

    NOW WHO WILL PUNISH CRPF??

  2. Sumitra, HUMANISTS' ASSN 23 July 2012 at 9:54 AM #

    Wonderful job done by OUTLOOK magazine. Wish we could display the photos of those hapless school boys lying dead in pools of blood. Forensic report said– all were shot above the waist — ie with the sole intention of killing.Pictures are promptly removed from the net — so that they can’t be spread any further.
    They were school boys sent on an excursion to Vizag. All aged 15-16 yrs.One of them has a sister who is the only female graduate in her village. After all the effort they put for getting educated (which we in cities cannot even imagine) if they are gunned down like animals in their own country — CAN WE BLAME THEM IF THEIR BROTHERS & SISTERS NOW TURN INTO REAL THREATS –’MAOISTS’?

    FOR THE SAKE OF JUSTICE, GOVT SHOULD PUNISH THESE ERRING CRPF JAWANS. OTHERWISE — SHAME ON OUR COUNTRY!

  3. joygopal 23 July 2012 at 10:38 PM #

    @sumitradi after reading ur writing i am feeling ashamed to be an indian ……..but truth is that none of them will be punished,just like monorama murder case in manipur by jawans


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