IB warns of Maoist plan to derail Government welfare schemes
The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has alerted the Central Government to Maoist efforts to derail the development and welfare schemes planned to counter the violent movement. In a note sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Union Home Ministry, the IB has said that the Maoists are planning a study to assess the impact of the Government welfare schemes, and mislead local populations about their intentions. According to the intelligence gathered, the comprehensive survey of the ‘real situation’ in rural areas, from a Marxist perspective, was planned after the cadres objected to ideas by the top leadership who they believe are unaware of changing ground realities.
“The outfit acknowledged that they have suffered not as much from the enemy’s bullets as from its ‘sugar-coated bullets’ i.e these schemes,” the IB note dated March 4, said. The objective of the study is to find out whether programmes like MNREGA, land reforms and development projects have led to any improvement in the condition of women, children, landless labourers, or displaced farmers, and created employment opportunities for them. “The aim behind the survey by Maoists is to ascertain the impact of development schemes on its rural cadres and its support base in villages,” the IB note says.
The Government was successful in weaning away some village-level activists who sympathised with the rebels as they got involved in contractual work related to these schemes. Development projects in Maoist-hit areas will get a push from the Centre as part of its policy to deal with left wing extremism. Last month, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the developmental projects relating to roads, bridges, railway lines, mobile towers, post offices, banking infrastructure, education, health, radio and television connectivity, and forest and environmental clearances in Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Odisha and Maharashtra. The IB has mentioned initiatives like Rs 2 per kg rice for the poor, that the Maoists are using to misguide their cadres.
“It also emphasised the need to study how these measures were affecting the ‘revolution’ and accordingly devise suitable modifications in their tactics,” the IB has said in its report. The Eastern Regional Bureau of CPI (Maoist) which supervises activities in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, North Chhattisgarh and Eastern Uttar Pradesh has instructed state committees to undertake detailed field surveys.
Suspected Maoist leaders shifted to prison in Hyderabad
Suspected Maoist leaders Jaspal Singh and Akhilesh Jadav have been shifted to the central prison at Charlapalli in Hyderabad from Karimnagar District Jail, Karimnagar Jailor N Shiva Kumar said here today. Based on a representation by the Karimnagar District Jail to shift the duo since there is no special cell for Maoists in Karimnagar District Jail, Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate Azahar Hussain had directed that they be shifted to Charlapalli Central Prison in Hyderabad, where separate barracks exist to house Naxal leaders. Jaspal Singh and Akhilesh Jadav were shifted to Charlapalli Central Prison accordingly. The two undertrial prisoners are allegedly involved in the murder of former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Duddilla Sripada Rao in 2009, in which, top Maoist leader Muppala Laxmana Rao (Ganapathi) and others have also been named as accused. Based on a confessional statement given by one of the accused — Malla Raji Reddy — on January 1, 2008, the Karimnagar Rural Police had registered a case of murder against Ganapathi and 33 others.
They include Kobad Gandhy, Varanasi Subrahmanyam, Janthu Mukherjee, Amit Bagchi, Pramod Mishra, Jaspal Singh and Akhilesh Jadav who are detained in various prisons. Ganapathi, Akkiraju Haragopal, Cherukuri Raj Kumar and several others have also been arrested. Malla Raji Reddy got bail and has been absconding since then. However, the police have not file any charge sheet so far. Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (Maoist) Central Committee members Janthu Mukherjee, Amit Bagchi and Pramod Mishra were produced before a local court on Wednesday. Jaspal Singh and Akhilesh Jadav were not produced before court.