Maoists regrouping in Junglemahal: Reports

The CPI-Maoists have started re-organising and regrouping in the Junglemahal areas, according to latest police reports. The rebels is learnt to have recently held a “secret” meeting at Kanimohuli village in Jamboni in Jhargram that borders neighbouring Jharkhand.

According to sources, senior leaders of the West Bengal state committee, including state secretary Akash and senior Maoists leader Bikash, were present in the meeting along with some senior leaders from Jharkhand. This apart, many other leaders who are active in Jharkhand attended the meeting, a Central Intelligence agency officer said.

A senior police official said: “We have verified the information after the meeting was held in the area. It is clear that the Maoists are trying to reorganise their movement in Bengal before the Panchayat elections. They have issued diktats to villagers on several issues.”

“The Maoists have also held a separate meeting with the villagers in the Jamboni police station area. They have planned to field at least eight dummy candidates in the upcoming panchayat elections in Junglemahal. In this regard, they have instructed the villagers to be ready with dummy candidates in the next two months,” added the official.

It has also been learnt from sources close to the Maoists ranks that the Maoists are now primarily concentrating on the re-establishment of their bases among the tribal populace in Junglemahal. They have reportedly decided against individual killing “if there is no need to do so”.

Meanwhile, the Naxal groups are also learnt to have launched an organisation called ‘Janaganer Samabai’, which is modelled as an anti-Trinamool mass organisation in the area. The organization is active in the Belpahari and Jamboni areas, confirmed a senior police official.
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