Maoists kill army jawan to protest against Agniveer scheme in Chhattisgarh

Protest by Jawan

Bastar (Chhattisgarh) – An army jawan, Motiram Anchla was gunned down by Maoists at the Useli village fair market on 25th February. He was on leave at his home town of Kanker. The Maoists of the Kuwemari area Committee claimed responsibility, stating it was done in retaliation for the Union Government’s Agniveer scheme.

In the midst of the ongoing investigation into the tragedy, a banner bearing the words – ‘We killed Army jawan Motiram Anchla to protest Agniveer scheme, for encouraging corporate houses for industrialization in Bastar and against security forces. We protest against Agniveer recruitment in the Army’ – was found in the forests of Amabeda on Fufgaon. The Police said that the discovery of the banner opened fresh avenues for their inquiry.

This was the first instance, according to authorities, in which Maoists mistook an army soldier for a member of a Paramilitary forces and attacked him. (The authorities will continue to give lame excuses for their inefficiency. – Editor)

Earlier, the banned terrorist organisation PFI had opposed the Agnipath scheme claiming it was a scheme for ‘Muslim genocide’. In a charge sheet filed by the ATS, the authorities had stated that anti-Agnipath / Agniveer propaganda was being used by the PFI to mobilise Muslims against the Indian State. The Agnipath scheme was likened to ‘Satan Israel-like policy’ where in every corner of the country, Hindus with army training would form groups. “This would be an army of rioters, who, because of their army training, would not run away if push comes to shove”, the message said.

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