Bengaluru, May 9: The naxals who enacted a cowardly act today had infact tricked the villagers before holding them hostage, police officials say. The villagers had gone to meet with the naxals late last night to negotiate the release of six villagers, but ended up being taken captive instead.
The Superintendent of Police, S D Sharavan informed that the villagers had gone to negotiate the release of six villagers when they were taken hostage. The six villagers had earlier been abducted by the naxals.
The only intention of the naxals was to block developmental work. State Intelligence Bureau officials say that the naxals had planned this well in advance. The abduction of the six villagers was done with an intention of blocking a developmental project. They were aware that a large number of the villagers would meet with them and negotiate a release.
Villagers normally go in large numbers into the naxal hideout to negotiate a release. The naxals in turn decided to keep all of them hostage and release them only when the Prime Minister leaves.
Boycott by naxals:
Ahead of the Prime Minister's visit, the naxals had called a boycott of the programme. They had even cut down trees and blocked roads. Several effigies of Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Chattisgarh, Raman Singh were burnt ahead of the visit.
However the naxals realsied that several villagers were attending the programme. They had expected that nearly 1000 villagers would attend the programme and hence decided to take a large number of them hostage. It seemed like a planned operation and only shows how desperate they are the Intelligence Bureau officer also informed.