Actor Akshay Kumar and shuttler Saina Nehwal’s goodwill gestures of providing financial aid to the families of the 12 CRPF men killed in a Maoist ambush in Bhejji in Sukma district has not gone down well with the extremists. Akshay Kumar had pledged Rs 9 lakh to each Sukma martyr’s family and Saina, on her 27th birthday, pledged to give Rs 6 lakh or Rs 50,000 to each of the 12 families. According to the Indian Express, the Maoists through pamphlets have said, ”We condemn the assistance provided to the family members of those killed in the attacks”. The Maoists added, ”We appeal to the actors, sports personalities, and celebrities to lend support to the people and the revolution. Stand against human rights violations and police atrocities.”
According to the Indian Express, the pamphlet also mentions attacks on Dalits and minorities by cow vigilantes. Authorities believe that the pamphlet was issued before the second attack in Sukma in which 25 CRPF personnel were killed. The authorities reached this conclusion as the attack was not mentioned in the pamphlet. Police officials said that the pamphlet is an example of the double speak and their lack of humanity.
A senior police officer told the Indian Express that, ”Maoist spokesperson Vikalp in an audio release said that the security forces are not their enemies. Many left-wing leaders have said that they sympathise with the jawans, as they come from humble backgrounds. So what is the problem if the families of martyrs get some financial assistance”.