Hit hard by the increasing presence of security forces in their key states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, the Maoists are now silently trying to spread base in northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and in the unaffected regions of western Odisha and also from Gadchiroli in Maharashtra to parts of Vidarbha including Gondia, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Budhana and Yavatmal districts.
According to a paper prepared by the Joint Intelligence Committee chief Ajit Lal circulated to the top government offices, Maoists have also formed a Golden Corridor Committee to build a strong base in the industrial areas of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Besides, there are efforts to develop an armed struggle in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala and develop the trijuction as an operational base.
“This we can attribute to the change in Maoist strategy that is being chalked out more vigorously after their organisation has come under intense pressure in the central regions of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand,” sources told the DNA.
A case in point that suggests Maoists trying to spread their area of influence in the northeast is the arrest of Aditya Bora from Rourkela in Odisha and his five accomplices from Lohit district in Arunachal Pradesh.
Documents in possession of DNA claim Bora, a member of Upper Assam Leading Committee (UALC) was trying to set up base of the CPI (Maoists) in Assam and to recruit cadres for the party was using Mega Dam Resistance Forum (MDRF).
“UALC is also targetting activists of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and Adivasi Cha Janagosthi Surakshya Samiti for induction and indoctrination,” the document says.
The UALC with other outfits, claim intelligence inputs, even conducted a training camp for the new Maoist recruits at Sising Wingko in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh this February.
Similarly, the inputs suggest Maoists trying to spread their area of influence, for the first time in Sonepur district in Odisha where presence of 15 armed cadres, including 5 females, was reported a couple of months ago. “Besides Chhattisgarh based Dandakarnya Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist) is also trying to penetrate western Odisha by making regular incursions,” sources said.
Terming the developments as dangerous in nature, the MHA has asked states to ensure that all out efforts are made to oppose efficiently against any bail plans to the arrested Maoist leaders.
The MHA has also impressed upon the need for better inter-state coordination in cases against Maoists on timely and regular basis to secure their conviction and inform every arrest of a suspect without delay to it.