More than 50% of guerrillas women, says senior Maoist leader
The People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) – a banned organisation in India, is attracting more and more women and 60-70 per cent of those recruited in the year 2013-14 were from the fair sex. More than fifty percent of the PLGA cadre currently in central regional bureau of CPI (Maoist) are women. The revelation was part of a 73-page interrogation report of senior Maoist leader Chambala Ravinder alias Arjun, exclusively with dna.
Who is Chambala Ravinder alias Arjun?
Chambala Ravinder alias Arjun, 44, is a senior Maoist leader who surrendered before Telangana police in July 2014 along with his wife V Adimi. He was carrying a reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head while Adimi commanded a reward of Rs 5 lakh. What does the IR provide insight into? The interrogation report (IR) provides an insight into the current functioning, finances and operations of Maoists, especially in their stronghold Bastar region in Chhattisgarh. Ravinder was allegedly involved in at least ten major incidents since 1997, in which 83 security forces were killed and 34 injured and the rebels managed to snatch 569 weapons.
Why are more women joining force?
According to Ravinder, men are not very keen to join revolution instead they are happily working outside. Women, due to marriage and other social issues, join comparatively easily. “Overall roughly half of the PLGA cadres today in CRB are women,” Ravinder told the interrogators.
Are there desertions in Maoist ranks?
According to the IR, Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) has recruited around 360 cadres in 2013-14 and almost equal number of members deserted the organisation during the same period. Maximum recruits – around 300 – the reports states were from south Bastar and west Bastar.
What does the report reflect upon?
Though the movement may have achieved considerable military success, it is allegedly struggling to find the ideological successors on ground. “I met Ganapathy alias Ramana in February 2014 and held discussions for about 12 days. The organisation had failed to implement the resolutions adopted earlier… the leadership is in short supply; …the second line of leadership is yet to be developed,” Ravinder was quoted as saying in the report.
Was Ravinder involved in armed training?
Ravinder was in charge of the mobile military school (MOMIS), in charge of second battalion and also incharge of the DK communication wing. He hails from Thammada-pally in Wrangal in Telangana and joined Maoist cadres around 1990. In 2000, he took over as commander of the second battalion and in 2010, he was made incharge of the MOMiS, which imparts modern military training to Maoist cadre.
Do party agree with his views?
The assertions made by Ravinder in the IR report are corroborated by the central committee meeting of the party held in 2013 and another high level meeting held in 2014. The internal document has stated that the ‘leadership should keep in view the possibility of some persons losing confidence on the revolutionary movement and put efforts to make them stand firmly by filling them with confidence’. Ravinder as per the IR also states that, besides internal politics he was ‘frustrated by the prolonged duration of warfare and…saw no bright light of hope for revolution to pick up.’ He also informed investigators that Maoists have decided that the Salva Judum members would be absorbed back ‘if they come and surrender before them’.
Hardcore Maoist held in Bihar’s Munger district
Munger: A hardcore Maoist was arrested on Wednesday from Bhimbundh forest area in Bihar’s Munger district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a hideout and nabbed the ultra, identified as Dhanik Lal Pandit, Superintendent of Police Barun Kumar Sinha said. A native of Goghladih village, Pandit was wanted in connection with a landmine blast in the district on April 10, 2014, in which two CRPF jawans were killed, he said. A hardcore Maoist and member of the proscribed outfit’s hit squad, there were five other cases of naxal violence lodged against him, the SP said.
Maoists working on corridor through Odisha:
CRPF DG Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Prakash Mishra today said the Maoist activity in the neighbouring states has its impact on Odisha. “You know about their (Maoists) activities in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. They have been trying to open a corridor for their movement from Jharkhand to Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh through Odisha. Oour mission is to foil their plans for the corridor. As Sambalpur provides a vital link to the corridor between Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, we had a meeting here to discuss our strategy on how to go about it,” Mishra told reporters after a review meeting at the district police headquarters at Sambalpur. Apart from Sambalpur, the meeting also discussed strategies to curb Maoist activities in other western Odisha districts, Mishra said.
He also said that the Odisha Police and the CRPF personnel are working in tandem against the left-wing ultras. Earlier in the day, Mishra visited the CRPF camp at Sunabeda in Nuapada district. “Tourist inflow to Sunabada sanctuary has completely stopped due to Maoist activities. To restore normalcy in the area, our prime objective would be to flush out the red rebels from this area by strengthening the security. During my stint as the ADG, Intelligence in the state, the CRPF personnel were deployed in Nuapada for the first time.
After they were withdrawn, the Maoists had resumed their activities in this area. However, with the deployment of the CoBRA battalion and Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel, their activities have drastically come down now,” he added. He said CRPF personnel, as part of their civic action programme, organised an archery competition among the local tribals of Nuapada. “There is plenty of talent in the tribal areas of the state. The most popular sport here is traditional archery. The local tribal coaches participated in this competition and imparted training to the tribal youths. We want to pick up talented archers from Nuapada and give them the opportunity to participate in the competitions at the national level by imparting them proper training,” Mishra said.
“We have initially covered periphery villages around Sunabeda. Plans are afoot to cover more villages soon,” he added. Replying to a question on whether the CRPF has any special package for the tribals, he said it was the job of the government to decide on such things.
Latehar Maoist caught in Palamu
In a joint operation of Balumath police of Latehar district and Tarhassi police of Palamu a CPI Maoist identified as Sunil Yadav ( 24) was caught at Taal in Palamu, stated the SP Palamu Patel Mayur Kanhaiyya Lal. Patel said that the Maoist cadre was hiding at village Taal in Palamu and on Tuesday he was caught sans any resistance. There was a warrant of arrest against Yadav in Latehar district since 2014 when Yadav was charged with setting a machine afire besides firing at workers and assaulting them too.
Collectorate in Wayanad to come under surveillance
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On the basis of an intelligence tip that Maoists may target Wayanad’s district collectorate in the hope that it could give them better public attention, the government has decided to bring the collectorate building and surrounding areas under electronic surveillance system. The revenue department has cleared the proposal for setting up surveillance cameras in the collectorate. According to the order issued by the government on March 12 in this regard accessed by TOI, Rs 20.6 lakh has been cleared for installation of cameras in the compound that will capture the movements of visitors inside the collectorate building as well as the surrounding areas.