GUWAHATI: Key members of CPI (Maoist) including Moina Dohotiya, a top Red leader being hunted for across the country, are actively involved in the outfit’s expansion into the northeast. The Maoists are keen on establishing a presence in the region to create more bases and strengthen links with Manipur’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for arms supply. “We have concrete information about some key members of CPI (Maoist) being given the charge of building the base in the region and link up with PLA. Some of these central leaders have even visited the region,” a top source in the security establishment said.
The source said: “Moina Dohitiya is the man leading the Maoists here. He escaped from the state and is being tracked down. Another top leader, Aditya Bora, whose arrest in Jharkhand last year blew up the cover over Maoists presence in the northeast, was brought to the city but was released on bail along with two others. All of them are now absconding.”
“There is no doubt that Maoists are expanding in Assam and are intensifying their terror activities like seizing weapons from security forces to ambushing and ambushing official parties, like in Ambikapur by the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on October 4. Their top leader Paul Gogoi was killed in the crossfire in this ambush, but others managed to escape with a carbine belonging to the IRB,” the source added.
Paul was replaced by Siddhartha Burhagohain, who was also killed with three others on May 9 in an encounter with police at Saidya in Tinsukia district. With the top armed wing leaders eliminated, a vacuum has been created and at least two of their major plans to attack a police station have been shelved, the source added.
Security forces so far have knowledge about presence of Maoists just in the upper Assam districts. “There are about 100 listed cadres and they have three carbines, a couple of .315 rifles and pistols, few grenades and one M16 rifle. In the middle and lower Assam regions, they are probably at a very nascent stage. We have not observed any Maoist activity in these places,” the source said.
“The Maoists have so far recruited youths from the state and few Khamti boys from Arunachal Pradesh. However, unlike Jharkhand, there is just a sprinkling of Adivasi youths here. There are couple of youths from Goalpara and Kamrup district but the majority are from Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Golaghat districts and many from Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts,” the source said.