NEW DELHI: With Maoists scouting for a ‘safe’ place to hold their 10th party congress, the Centre has asked all naxal-affected states to closely monitor the movement of locals and Maoist sympathizers. Intelligence inputs and documents seized during various raids reveal that CPI (Maoist) is determined to hold the meet in January-February. “Top leaders, including their chief Ganapathi, are expected to attend the meet,” said a security official.
Plans for the event, a part of the Maoist calendar, have been circulated among party cadres in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The ninth party congress of the outfit was held five years ago ‘somewhere’ in the jungles along the Bihar-Jharkhand border in February, 2007. This was when the Maoists adopted a number of resolutions, including their opposition to special economic zones.
Documents seized by security forces indicate that during the next meet, CPI (Maoist) will promote some of its central committee members to its politburo and some from the regional committees to the central committee, which decides operational matters. They will also use the meet for a major recruitment drive, said security officials.
The politburo, the highest decision-making body, is at present functioning with only six members since the death of two members, Kishenji alias Koteshvar Rao and Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, in encounters and the arrest of six others – Kobad Gandhi, Narayan Sanyal, Sushil Roy, Pramod Mishra, Akhilesh Yadav and Amitabh Bagchi. Similarly, 23 of the 37 central committee members are in jail.