Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The other terrorism
Naxalites have stormed a passenger train between Kummandi and Hedegada in Jharkhand and have gained complete control of the train, taking all passengers hostage.I shudder to think what must be going on inside that train. And I also shudder to think that so much talk of terrorism in this country centres around the Islamic terrorists from Kashmir and across the border, as we gloss over all the other sources of terrorism in our country, the Maoists and Naxalites who are exposing, consistently and brutally, what a lawless and toothless state we have become. I hope this particular crisis is resolved soon, but painkillers don't cure cancer, and much more needs to be done.
"We are unable to establish any contact with the train crew. Guards of a goods train that crossed the said train have also said that there was no signal from the passenger train. Usually when two trains pass each other, the respective guards flash a signal to indicate all is fine. It looks like the Naxals have snatched the walkie-talkies of the guards," said Central Railway Public Information Officer A K Chandra.