For helping slain jawans' kin, Maoists threaten Akshay, Saina

Maoists in Chhattisgarh have "condemned" actor Akshay Kumar and badminton player Saina Nehwal for giving financial assistance to the families of 12 CRPF men killed in a Maoist ambush in Bhejji in Sukma district in March.

"We condemn the assistance provided to the family members of those killed in the attacks", according to a leaflet released by the Maoists. The Naxalites, expressing their angst against Kumar and Nehwal in a pamphlet found in south Bastar, Chattisgarh, have appealed to celebrities and well-known personalities to stand by the oppressed tribals and raise a voice against the violation of their human rights. We appeal to famous figures, film actors, sportspersons and celebrities to stand with the revolution and poor people.

The reds suggested that the celebrity duo shouldn't have stood by the side of slain CRPF martyrs.

Following the deadly attack that killed 12 CRPF personnel, Akshay Kumar donated Rs 9 lakh each to the kin of the martyrs family.

Adding that the CRPF jawans did not die for the country, it said that they were rather punished by Peoples' Liberation Guerrilla Army for exploiting the local tribal population. Many Maoist leaders have in the past said that they sympathise with security personnel, as they come from poor families. They were circulated as part of the week long celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the naxalite movement, as reported by Deccan Chronicle.

Akshay was the brain behind the government website which allows anyone to make direct monetary donations to the families of martyred soldiers of paramilitary forces. "This is clear hypocrisy", a senior officer said.

  • Salvatore Jensen