Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti has link with Maoists: Tarun Gogoi
GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today alleged that the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, a farmers’ organisation led by RTI activist Akhil Gogoi, had link with Maoist militants in the state. “I suspect KMSS has link with the Maoists. I do not have any evidence on that, but I think it is close to the Maoists,” Gogoi told a press conference here.
Call to formulate plan to tackle Maoist threat in NE
GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – Academics and security experts from across the country today called upon the Government to urgently formulate and implement a development action plan to tackle the growing Maoist threat in Assam and rest of the North-East to prevent the problem from transforming into a full-blown violent rebellion. Discussing the Maoist challenge in the North-East on the second day of the national seminar titled ‘Responding to the Maoist Spread in India’s Northeast’, being organized by the Centre for Development and Peace Studies (CDPS), the speakers and participants were unanimous in concluding that poor governance, lack of equitable development in the region and the absence of basic facilities have created ‘fertile grounds’ for the Maoists to lure people into its fold, especially the youth.
Former DGP of Chhattisgarh, Vishwa Ranjan said, “The fact is that socio-economic contradictions, corruption or lack of governance offer the fertile soil where Maoist insurgency strikes deep roots. It is extremely difficult to engage in development work once the Maoists gain control over an area and therefore, it is important to nip the Maoist activities in the bud and push the development agenda.” This has assumed significance in view of reports that the Centre has rejected the Assam Government’s proposal to declare nine districts of the State as Maoist affected on the ground that the Maoists are not indulging in large-scale violence in the State.
Speakers and participants at the seminar felt that the Government should not wait for the Maoists to consolidate and the situation to go out of hand before putting a development strategy into operation. Lt Gen AS Lamba, former Vice Chief of the Army Staff and a Distinguished Fellow at the CDPS, cautioned the Government and civil society not to take the Maoist challenge lightly. “The Maoists are working on a long-term plan to capture power by 2060 and they are prepared for a long armed struggle, consolidating along the way,” he added. Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, ADGP (Admin), Assam Police, traced the genesis of left-wing extremism in Assam to the radical stand taken by groups like the Revolutionary Communist Party of India in the 1940s and 1950s. “The seeds of Maoism in Assam have not grown but have not been dead either,” he said.
Watch towers to come up in Munger police stations
MUNGER: Varun Kumar Sinha, who took over the charge as new Munger SP on Monday said here on Tuesday that he was working on a micro project to ensure immediate and effective sealing of all exit and entry points including roads, railways and river of this district in case any major crime like loot, murder and robbery takes place in any part of the district. No criminal would be allowed to escape from any route after committing any crime henceforth in any part of the district, the SP said. He said that high watch towers will be constructed in all the police stations falling under the umbrella of the Maoists activities in the district very soon and competent policemen will be posted round the clock on such watch towers with sophisticated fire arms that would cover a range of at least one km to thwart the attempt of Maoist attack on police pickets. This will also enable to boost the morale of the police force, added the SP.
The SP said he has instructed all nationalized banks in the district including SBI to install close circuit TV cameras compulsorily in their premises at all exit and entry points of their branches. The banks have also been advised to follow strictly guidelines issued by the RBI. The SP said that at short intervals he himself and other senior police officers will visit all the bank branches to check if the guidelines of the RBI are followed by them or not. The defaulters would be taken to task, he added.