By Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) condemns the summary execution of Indian revolutionary Com. Azad and the journalist Hem Pandey by the Andhra Pradesh Special Intelligence Bureau (APSIB). The Indian authorities have deceived the public by reporting through the press that Azad and Pandey were killed in an encounter.
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has clarified in a statement what really happened. Azad and Pandey were arrested in Nagpur City around 11’o clock of July 1. They were taken by the APSIB to the Adilabad jungles near Maharashtra where they were killed in cold blood. They were murdered in the forest to make it appear that they were killed in an armed encounter. The Indian authorities even claimed that they seized an AK47 from Azad.
Azad and Pandey were unarmed when they were arrested. Azad traveled to Nagpur to discuss with his comrades the proposal for mutual ceasefire between the revolutionary forces under the CPI (Maoist) and the Indian government. Azad was a Politburo member of the CPI (Maoist) and the spokesperson of the Party. He had been involved in previous peace negotiations between the Indian government and the CPI (Maoist).
Hem Pandey was a freelance journalist who wrote for Hindi newspapers such as Nai Dunia, Rastriya Sarara and Chetana.
The APSIB which is trained by the Israeli MOSSAD is notorious for carrying out abductions and summary executions of suspected revolutionaries. And as is the practice of reactionary governments around the world confronting revolutionary movements, they cover up their crime by concocting stories of fake encounters.
The Indian revolutionaries led by the CPI (Maoist) are waging a new democratic revolution with a socialist perspective. In recent years, they have made significant strides in their struggle and in winning the support of a growing number of the peasant masses who continue to suffer from feudal and semi-feudal exploitation and of the workers who are oppressed and exploited by the big comprador-bourgeoisie and foreign capitalists. Millions of peasants and minority nationalities have been displaced from the land to give way to agro-industrial projects involving comprador and foreign capitalist firms.
The Indian Maoists have succeeded in leading the masses in these struggles. The Indian government has been alarmed at the gains of the Maoists and have launched a massive counter-insurgency campaign called Operation Green Hunt. This campaign has been accompanied by forced mass evacuations, illegal arrest and detention, torture, extrajudicial killings and other forms of gross human rights violations.
The ILPS condemns these gross violations of human rights and supports the struggle of the Indian masses for national freedom, democracy and social justice. We call on the people of the world to denounce the Indian authorities for their war crimes and crimes against humanity and support the just struggle of the Indian people.