GUWAHATI: The Union ministry of home affairs has confirmed the entry of Maoists into the northeast and their association with several militant outfits of the region, mainly the PLA of Manipur. The MHA document released as ‘FAQ on Maoists in India’ said, “They (Maoists) are making incursions into Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, which will have serious long-term strategic implications.”
In reply to a question whether the CPI (Maoist) has links with other terrorist organizations and foreign countries, the document said, “The CPI (Maoist) has close fraternal ties with many insurgent groups of the northeast, mainly the PLA of Manipur. Most of these outfits have links with external forces inimical to India. The CPI (Maoist) has also frequently expressed its solidarity with J&K terrorist groups. These ties are part of their ‘Strategic United Front’ against India. The outfit has close links with foreign Maoist organizations in Philippines and Turkey and is also a member of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA), which includes Nepal Maoists.”
The MHA, in its document, discussed the steps that an ordinary citizen can take against Left-wing extremism (LWE), which includes launching an attack on social networking sites. MHA has asked the people to condemn the violent and brutal atrocities of CPI (Maoist) and other LWE groups on innocent civilians through any available media like social networks, learn to recognize the Maoist front organizations, ideologues and sympathizers’ propaganda of war against India, sensitize fellow countrymen on the dangers of their violent ideology and cherish and nurture the democratic way of life enshrined in the Constitution.
The ministry said front organizations, which are off-shoots of the parent Maoist party, profess a separate existence to escape legal liability and carry out propaganda for the party, raise funds for the insurgency, assist the cadres in legal matters and also provide safe houses and shelters to underground cadres. The ministry said, “Functionaries of front organizations provide intellectual veneer to the inherent violence in Maoist ideology. They sanitize the bloodletting and attempt to make the Maoist world-view palatable to urban audiences and the media.”
The MHA added that the Maoists brainwash and indoctrinate young children and threaten poor Adivasi parents, who usually prefer to part with their girl child. “This is the reason behind the presence of large number of women Maoists who are also pushed to engage themselves with the security forces.”
On Sunday last, chief minister Tarun Gogoi, after a meeting with home minister P Chidambaram here, said, “Pakistan’s ISI is trying to involve itself in the growing Maoist problem in the state. However, the MHA document has not named any foreign forces inimical to the country.”