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Mr. Mahendra Karma

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  • Founder
    Salwa Judum
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IRQ, 1 April 2006 [cached]
In June 2005, episodic resentments against the Naxalites took organised shape under the leadership of Mr Mahendra Karma, the Member of Legislative Assembly and Leader of the Opposition in the Chhattisgarh State Legislative Assembly.Mr Karma, an Adivasi himself, christened it in a local Gondi language, "Salwa Judum" or Peace Initiative.
Asian Centre for Human Rights, 22 July 2005 [cached]
Some of those interviewed by ACHR during the field visit to Chhattisgarh told that on 5 June 2005, 8 Sangham men or Naxalites were apprehended by supporters of Mahendra Karma, the sitting Member of Legislative Assembly from Dantewada and Leader of the Opposition in the Chhattisgarh State Legislative Assembly in Ambeli village under Kutru police station in Dantewada. On that day, the Naxalite cadres came to Ambeli village to carry out their activities but Mr Mahendra Karma's supporters openly resisted them, overpowered, beaten them up and handed them over to Kutru police.
On 14 June 2005, the Naxalites attacked the villagers of Kotrapal village under Bhairamgarh. Eight innocent villagers were killed. This killing by the Naxalites angered the families and relatives of victims.
On 19 June 2005, Mr Karma's active supporters reportedly organised the first meeting of the campaign, which was later christened as Salwa Judum or Peace Campaign by Mr. Karma himself on 25 June 2005. On 19 June 2005, Mr Karma's active supporters reportedly organised the first meeting of the campaign, which was later christened as Salwa Judum or Peace Campaign by Mr. Karma himself on 25 June 2005.
It is clear that spontaneous anti-Naxalite sentiment and activities took organized form under the leadership of Mr Mahendra Karma, who earlier launched Jan Jagaran Abhiyan (People's Awakening Campaign) against the Naxalites in 1990 and 1996 but without much success. [5]
Oman Tribune - the edge of knowledge, 24 Mar 2014 [cached]
Their main target was Mahendra Karma, a tribal leader and former minister, who is credited with forming the Salwa Judum (Peace Initiative) to resist the Maoists. What the tribal leader did was to organise vigilante groups, which were provided with arms and ammunition to take on the Maoists. Under this programme, disbanded on the orders of the Supreme Court, thousands of tribals were moved to camps to insulate them from Maoist influence.
The Maoists hated Karma because he was able to turn a section of the tribals against them. That both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi have visited Raipur to console the relatives of the slain, including Karma, shows how much the incident has rattled the federal leadership.
Those killed most prominently include ..., 27 May 2013 [cached]
Those killed most prominently include Mahendra Karma, the controversial architect of the armed Salwa Judum anti-Maoist 'people's movement' in the state, which long received support from both the state government and from the centre, and was projected as a model for 'popular resistance' in other theatres afflicted by Maoist violence, till the strategy was excoriated by the Supreme Court for its indiscriminate violence and the violation of human rights, both of its victims and of its own uneducated, backward, often underage cadres. The Pradesh (State) Congress Committee chief, Nandkumar Patel, and his son, former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Uday Mudaliyar, were also killed, as were eight security force (SF) personnel in the contingents guarding the political leaders.
In particular, Mahendra Karma's killing will have tremendous impact in the so-called Red Corridor areas, and particularly in Chhattisgarh.
Current Events Home, 30 June 2010 [cached]
FIR against Mahendra Karma in money for vote scandal ( State)
A FIR has been filed against Congress leader Mahendra Karma and 2 time MLA in Chhattisgarh for allegedly trying to bribe a voter.
Mahendra Karma is a senior congress leader and former minister from Dantevada in Chhattisgarh. He is contesting for his third term in the Chhattisgarh State Assembly.
The money-for-vote scandal erupted when a section of the media had photographed him giving a money to a tribal woman. It is alleged that while campaigning in Behramgarh area of his constituency soon after an election speech he was seen giving the money to the woman and telling her to vote for him.
Acting on directions from the Election Commissioner a complaint filed by the returning officer. The police has registered an FIR charging him under Section 171B of the Indian Penal Code.
A show cause notice has also been issued to Mahendra Karma by the election commission for violation of the moral code of conduct through the district election office.
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