10 May 2015 11:04 AM AEST: The threat of the ‘Red Corridor’ in India became apparent this weekend with over 200 villagers being abducted from Marenga village in Chhattisgarh province Friday night.
There are conflicting reports about the number of villagers who were abducted by a group of Maoists led by Deva, a rebel commander.The village is merely 60 kilometres away from where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a crowd on Saturday, NDTV reports, despite the incident.
A ‘kangaroo court’ of the guerrillas apparently killed one of the villagers for not toeing the Maoist line while the rest have been freed since.
A number of reports including that of news agency AFP suggested he was killed for not following the Maoist ‘diktat’ of not participating in the construction of a local bridge the Maoists oppose. They fear the construction might endanger their safe hideout in the hilly jungles of the restive Chhatisgarh province.
The incident occurred in the same region where a convoy of Congress officials was brutally ambushed in killed in 2013. “The Maoists have given a strong message. The Congress is deeply concerned… We remember how a convoy of Congress officials was blown up,” state Congress president Bhupesh Baghel told NDTV.
“The Maoists had been opposing the construction of a bridge on one of the rivers because they felt it would give the security forces easy access to their hideouts,” lawmaker Kawashi Lakma said to AFP in the aftermath of the abduction.
R K Vij, Additional Director General of Police, confirmed the killing of the villager named Sadaram Nag. “He was killed in a jan adalat (people’s court) by the Maoists. The Maoists had taken these people for a jan adalat. Others are returning home,” Indian Express quoted him as saying.