Indian police have alleged that Medecins Sans Frontieres and the International Committee of the Red Cross are providing medical assistance to Maoist insurgents in the volatile region of Chhattisgarh.
The two aid groups refuted reports they they were operating in rebel camps but acknowledged that their staff might have mistaken unarmed Maoists or security forces not in uniform as civilians and treated them at their clinics, Reuters AlertNet reports.
“I don’t welcome the ICRC and the MSF treating Maoists who are actually killing police in dozens,” S.R.P. Kalluri, senior police superintendent in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, told AlertNet by phone. “These two organisations are deliberately going to Maoist camps and spending weeks. I am a man of an enforcement agency and can’t welcome them having extra love for Maoists and not for other people who get injured in Maoist brutalities.”