By Ed Dalton
Four heavy construction vehicles were torched by what is believed to be the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army under the command of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), the action was carried out in the Rajnandagaon district close to the borders of Maharashtra, in Chhattisgarh, an area where the People’s War and the Communists are strong.
The construction vehicles were used to build a culvert as part of the low intensity warfare waged against the Maoists, which includes road construction through dense forest areas as a counter-insurgency measure to facilitate troop movements for the old state. The revolutionaries left leaflet, explaining that the construction project was not in the interests of the people. The indigenous people rely on the forests for their sustenance and are the most oppressed people in India, forming the social base for the banned CPI (Maoist).
No workers were harmed in the action, which was carried out only weeks after the Indian ruling class media claimed the Maoists had issued a ceasefire due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. This claim was repeated as fact on several “leftwing” news outlets. Since this, the Maoists have also mounted attacks against the police, and executed a local gangster in a well-organized ambush, further proof that the pandemic cannot stop the People’s War, and that the masses of oppressed and exploited workers and peasants must rebel and fight for their liberation.