Tuesday, April 8, 2008

State gets a red alert from Chhattisgarh

Recent intelligence inputs suggest that Naxalites in Chhattisgarh are infiltrating Maharashtra and have been calling the shots in matters of the pro-peasant movement in the state.

Maharashtra anti-Naxalite officials told DNA on Monday that the developments are significant especially because militants have been found redrawing existing strategies and facilitate greater ‘synergy’ among geographically scattered units.

“Naxalites entering the state from Chhattisgarh may have an objective to carve out common resource structures spanning states,” said additional director general of police and head of the state anti-Naxalite operations (ANO) wing Pankaj Gupta.

Also heightened Naxalite activity in Maharashtra is a problem development as it comes at a time when the state is revising its August 2005 Naxalite surrender policy with a new focus on effective rehabilitation, said intelligence agencies. Intelligence sources said that Milind Teltumbde, the self-styled Maoist chief of Maharashtra, had hinted at devising “resource sharing formulae” with their Chhattisgarh counterparts.

Even prime minister Manmohan Singh had recently repeated that Naxalite insurgency is the most pressing internal security threat faced by the country.

In Maharashtra, however, there are no clear indications to suggest that recruitment has shot up in the violence-driven parts of the state, although the number of dalams (armed Naxalite squads) has gone up from 19 to 26 over the last few months.

Security officials believe that possession of sophisticated firearms has sort of “rejuvenated” the ultra-Left movement across Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal

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