In fact hundreds of people across India are being arrested and incarcerated for their alleged links with CPI-Maoist. In central India thousands of Adivasis are in jail in the name of Maoist hunt. Possessing a Maoist pamphlet is enough to land one in jail, even though there are clear verdicts by courts that possessing pamphlets or Maoist literature is not a crime.
The latest arrest of Murali Kannamballi from Pune is a classic example of the State violating all these court rulings. There are no cases against Murali in Kerala or Maharashtra and still the man is in jail just because of his membership in the Maoist party.
What we see in Kerala of late is the repetition of what happened in north and central India. The raid on the offices of Keraleeyam, an environment magazine and taking into custody of two youths because they sported a beard and wore shabby clothes etc suggest that the script is the same in Kerala too. Creating a fear psychosis is part of this Maoist hunt. Anytime there could be a Maoist attack and the people have to be protected from this attack, it says.
Actually can the State remain a mute spectator when a party attempts to overthrow it? Definitely not. CPI-Maoist is a party, which has declared an armed struggle against this system. The Maoists are just the most militant end of a bandwidth of resistance movements fighting anti-people policies. It’s only by addressing this real issue, movements like that of Maoists can be defeated if the State wants to.