02 November 2018
Bhubaneswar: Three days after the death of an Odia DD cameraman in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada Naxal attack, the Darbha division of CPI (M) have released a statement clarifying that the media is a friend of the red army and they had no intention of killing the Doordarshan cameraman.
The two-page handwritten letter, shared by news agency ANI, was signed by Sachiv Sainath, chief of Darbha division committee, CPI (Maoist).
Titling the letter, “Rebuttal of the bad publicity we are getting due to the death of a cameraman in Chhattisgarh”, the Naxals start with mentioning the increase of atrocities by the police on their communities.
“Several security forces have been deployed in our villages. They are attacking us, brutally harassing us and are sending us to jail in fabricated cases. Showing fake surrender cases of Naxals on Television has also become an everyday scenario,” they have stated.
“In Dantewada area, a road is being built amidst resistance by people. That road is destroying our crops, oilseed and farmlands and due to this the people have been wronged. So we had taken out a rally to protest the construction of this road when the cops had charged lathi on us,” the letter reads.
“Thus, we had attacked the police when their platoon reached the ambush spot. We had no idea that cameraman will die. We did not know that he was there too. We would never pre-plan an attack on the media as we consider the media to be our friend,” the Naxals clarify.
“After the incident, Minsters and Police are defaming our party but we would like to say that media is not our enemy,” the letter further states.
The Naxals also request the media personnel not to come with the police especially during the election time. In conclusion, they appeal to the people not to take part in the upcoming election as the government is full of false promises.
On October 30, Odia Doordarshan cameraman Achyutananda Swain, along with two other security personnel, had been martyred in a Naxal attack at Dantewada.
The death of the journalist had sent the nation into a state of frenzy as several eminent personalities had condemned the killing and had demanded better security of media persons reporting from vulnerable areas.