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Maoists to celebrate Dandakaranya fight

Special Correspondent

Vows to continue struggle against `repression'


  • The Dandakaranya struggle was taken up to support the north Telangana movement
  • The operation in the region started in 1980 and was taken up in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh border area
  • The first encounter took place in December 1980 followed by police firing on farm labourers in April 1981

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The outlawed CPI (Maoist) is celebrating the silver jubilee of the Dandakaranya armed struggle from Saturday to December 30.

    A strong base for the party, an army and people's power had been established due to the Dandakaranya struggle during the last 25 years, the Andhra-Orissa border special zonal committee (AOBSZC) of the Maoists said in a statement.

    Tracing history

    AOBSZC, while tracing the birth of Dandakaranya struggle, said that the farmers' struggle in Jagityal in 1978 after the "Naxalbari" and Srikakulam armed struggles, spread to Karimnagar and Adilabad and all over north Telangana. The struggle faced severe repression from the Government but the party decided to extend the struggle to all over the Dandakaranya region to support the north Telangana struggle.

    Seven dalams consisting of 40 persons moved into the Dandakaranya area between April and July 1980 and started operations in the Andhra Pradesh-Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border area. These small dalams had now grown into the size of companies and formed People's Liberation Army.

    The first encounter, that of Peddi Sankar took place in December 1980 followed by police firing on Girijan farm labourers in April 1981 and other incidents. The struggle continued to face severe repression at several places in Adilabad, Gadchiroli, Visakhapatnam and other places.

    However, AOBSZC claimed that the repression failed to stop the struggle from spreading and taking roots. The party launched several agitations to protect the forest and natural wealth. Huge tracts of land was taken into possession under the leadership of the party.

    Women's role

    AOBSZC also highlighted the role played by women in the struggle in spite of the repression. Women also rebelled against the old and repressive customs. The statement also listed the several attacks made on the police like Daragedda and Alampalli ambushes. The party could also repel the combined attacks of the Central and State Government forces.

    The Dandakaranya struggle was on in three zones -- north Telangana, Andhra (eastern region with the formation of AOB) and Maharashtra. The several packages announced by the Government had been rejected by the people and they were forming their own governments at area level and ensured people's power prevailed, AOBSZC said.

    In spite of several leaders and cadre being killed, the struggle was continuing and would continue, the statement added.

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