From a Correspondent
New Delhi, April 29: The Centre on Wednesday has disclosed that the Maoists have developed close ties with Northeast based militant groups.
Building of such ties were doing the rounds, but the statement given by the Union Home Ministry will certainly put the security agencies deployed in the northeastern states into a tizzy. The home ministry has said that the CPI (Maoist) is also trying to establish organizatiol bases in the North East with a view to forge relations with other insurgent groups to meet its military requirements.
“In this regard, the CPI (Maoist) have developed close fraterl ties with North-East insurgent groups like the Revolutiory People’s Front (RPF) and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of Manipur. Both the outfits have agreed upon mutual cooperation in the areas of training, funding, supply of arms and ammunition,” said Minister of State for Home Haribhari Choudhury.
In fact, the Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) of the CPI (Maoist) is presently operating in Assam and Aruchal Pradesh and have been involved in incidents of looting of weapons and extortion from local villagers.
“The UALC has also been engaged in recruitment and training of cadres for the outfit in Assam. These cadres have been utilized in extensive propaganda against mega dams in Assam. In this backdrop, Assam-Aruchal border has emerged as another theatre of Maoist activities. The outfit is also establishing separate channels in the North-East, particularly in galand for procurement of ammunition,” Choudhury said.
The minister further said that the Maoist is making efforts to strengthen its influence in South India, particularly on the tri-junction of Tamil du, Kerala and Kartaka. “Their plans include creating a base on the border of Kerala and Kartaka. The Maoist cadres, active in the Wayad district of Kerala, have also been known to engage in efforts aimed at establishing a forest route from Wayad district to Mysore district of Kartaka,” he said.
According to statistics, 52 attacks on security forces personnel took place by the left wing extremists resulting in 16 casualties till date this year.