Reported by Ranjan Rath
Malkangiri, Jan 23:
Protesting the anti people policies of the Central government and the visit of US president Barrack Obama to India to attend the Republic Day celebrations in the national capital, the Maoists have decided to observe January 26 as a Black Day in five south Odisha districts.
In an audio release to the media on Thursday night, top Maoist leader and secretary of Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavali Divisional Committee Umakant said the farmers of our country are unable to spend Rs 20 per day. Unabale to repay their loans, they are forced to commit suicide, he said.
“The Centre has not taken any steps to overcome the unemployment problem. There are around 50 crore unemployed youths in the country. Besides, the Centre has not thought of the future of the nearly 10 crore of child labourers who are working as migrant and bonded labourers,” he pointed out.
Referring to the law and order situation, the Maoist leader said a woman in India is either subject to atrocity or rape every half-an-hour.
Coming down heavily on the double standards of the Centre and the state government, he said contrary to the announcement of a pro-tribal policy, the tribals have been deprived of their rights on land, forest and water that have been handed over to the multi-national companies (MNCs).
“Besides, the Odisha Police, in its anti-Maoist operation in association with the Central para-military forces, has been torturing innocent tribals by branding them as Maoists and Maoist sympathizers,” he said.
The Maoist leader also alleged that the Narendra Modi led government, which had come to power by assuring the people of bringing back black money stashed abroad, has now gone back on its promise and is working for the MNCs.
Condemning the visit of the US president, the Maoist spokesperson said the USA government, in the name of waging war against the extremists, has been killing thousands of innocent civilians all over the world to accomplish its imperialism goal.
“For this, we strongly condemn the visit of the US president and have decided to observe the Republic Day as Black Day in Rayagada, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts,” Umakant said.