India E News, November 08, 2006
Salwa Judum, the anti-Maoist militia, was managed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi said here Wednesday.
'Salwa Judum is managed by RSS and it must be scrapped to save tribal masses from being eliminated by Salwa Judum workers, special police officers (SPOs) and police,' Jogi told reporters.
Tribes people of the state's southern Bastar region, known to be a hotbed of Maoist rebels, launched Salwa Judum, or Campaign for Peace, to counter the guerrillas in June last year and later the state government in the state came to support it with arms and monetary back-up.
The RSS is the ideological mentor to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Salwa Judum has drawn worldwide attention as about 50,000 people have left their forested ancestral villages for revolting against Maoists and have been residing in over a dozen government-run, heavily guarded camps.
'The innocent tribes people of Bastar are facing attacks from Salwa Judum cadres and SPOs that are drawn from local youths to take on rebels,' Jogi said.