Centre demystifies Maoists’ modus operandi

NEW DELHI: Decoding the ‘mystery’ behind Maoists, the Centre has for the first time brought out in open many facts that have hitherto remained in official papers and urged aam aadmis to expose true colours of Red rebels in whatever ways they can, including use of social media like Facebook and twitter.

In a document, brought out in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) last week, the Union home ministry has classified naxal-hit states into three categories in terms of intensity of the problem and tried to answer a range of nagging queries like presence of women naxal cadres, Maoists’ organizational structure and the rebels’ motive behind destroying schools.

Classifying the Maoist-affected states, the ministry puts four states – Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Bihar – under the category of ‘severely affected’, followed by two – West Bengal and Maharashtra – under ‘partially affected’ and two others – Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh – in the ‘slightly affected’ bracket.

It claims that there is a major improvement in Andhra Pradesh that was earlier considered ‘severely affected’. But, Maoists’ area of influence is not restricted to these nine states.

The ministry points out that some armed cadres of CPI (Maoist) – the largest and most violent naxal group – exist in Karnataka, and they are making incursions into Assam and Arunachal Pradesh that has serious long-term strategic ramifications.

In the six-page document, the ministry highlights that Maoists’ front organizations are active in 20 states to push ultras’ agenda to capture state power through “a combination of armed insurgency, mass mobilization and strategic alliances”. It also points out that the Red ultras also express their solidarity with the J&K terrorist groups as part of their “Strategic United Front” against Indian state.

“The issue of Maoists’ growing influence and the measures being taken by government will be discussed in a meeting of director generals of police and chief secretaries of eight states here on Wednesday,” said an official.

He said the top officials would fine-tune coordination among state police and central police forces and firm up a strategy on how to go after the ultras, who often flee from one state to another after committing a crime.

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