Indian Tribal Affairs minister term Salwa Judum movement as sinful strategy

New Delhi/May 30
Exposing differences in Congress Party over approach to be followed to tackle Maoists that had killed party leadership in Chhattisgarh, Indian Tribal Affairs minister V Kishore Chandra Deo on Thursday termed anti-naxal movement Salwa Judum as a sinful strategy and warned of worse consequences if the problem is not addressed properly.
Deo termed Salwa Judum militia that was founded by senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma who was killed in Maoists attack on May 25, as sinful strategy and said that it was innocent tribals who became victims of the militia.
Deo warned that India can witness worse consequences if the Naxalite issue is treated as a mere law and order problem and opposed deployment of military to tackle the issue.
Tribal Affairs minister said that Air Force and military are meant to fight the enemy of the country, not our own citizens and deployment of military could create civil war like situation in the country.
Indian Tribal Affairs minister’s statement came days after Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh termed Maoists as terrorists after the May 25 massacre in Sukma area of Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, some reports emerged in section of media that in Salwa Judum movement, around 703 cases of alleged murder, rape and arson were reported. In 2011, Indian Supreme Court has banned the militia and ordered registration of criminal cases against the militia but so far, no case has been registered against Salwa Judum.