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Maoists eye South India in expansion plans

GADCHIROLI: There is bad news for security forces as Naxals now aim to expand their armed revolution down south aiming specifically at area where three states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka converge. A document, penned by Naxal’s spokesperson Abhay, reflecting the move decided on during the crucial 11th unity congress of Naxalites was recovered during an encounter in Gadchiroli-Gondia belt. The document also drew comparison between the contemporary arms struggle of Kerala’s Wayanad tribes led by one Varghese and that of their own origin in north Bengal’s Naxalwadi in the late 60s. The Naxalites also highlighted successful launching of a military formation to function in the region encompassing western ghat region and Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka junction.
The document said the formation, within three months of being launched at the end of 2014, managed to spread anti-government propaganda in the area where several youngsters and others from exploited class have been motivated to join the arms struggle. The Naxals claimed 2014 as a year of achievements and setbacks alike and made clear their objective was to extend their bases across central India so their area of influence runs from Jharkhand to via swathes of central India southern states.
Already enjoying strong presence in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Naxals now aim to bring more regions under their influence. The Naxals, who expressed deep concern over having lost several top leaders in fights last year, have also lamented the arrests of several experienced cadres from south India like Murlidharan, alias Ajit, alias Vasant this year in Pune. He was a ‘courier’ working for Kerala state committee. The rebels pointed out in the document that Kerala police, resorting to repressive measures, had started targeting their support base now after feeling threat from them. It also highlighted arrests of some foreigners by the Kerala police.
The Naxals also expressed anguish over the arrests of Praveen from Tamil Nadu state committee and couple of others including a law student and two his women accomplices in Hyderabad in the last few months which delivered a setback to the rebels’ dream of spreading influence in southern states capturing the strategic locations of western ghat and three states’ junction. The Naxals also claimed that movement by their party had been steadily growing in Karnataka’s Malnat forest regions despite several hurdles posed by the elements supporting the government. They now aim to motivate local population to join their struggle by highlighting the sacrifices made by the leaders from the south who had dedicated their lives to the rebels’ cause.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Naxals-eye-South-India-in-expansion-plans/articleshow/49234713.cms

Ahead of Bihar elections, Maoists issue poll boycott threats in their strongholds
Jamui: The Maoists have asked voters in Jamui, Gaya, Aurangabad and Jehanabad to stay away from Bihar assembly polls. The CPI (Maoist) has pasted posters, circulated long notes and asked the villagers directly to desist from voting “Soon after the Election Commission announced the polling dates for Bihar, the Maoists started giving poll boycott calls in their strongholds in Jamui, Gaya and Aurangabad.
It was done to give a message about their presence, which is gradually diminishing. We’ve seized handbills, posters and circulars from Maoist-infested pockets,” Arun Kumar, Inspector General, CRPF, told Firstpost. The Left ultras have been issuing such threats over past several years with diminishing response from people. They had issued such diktats in Bastar, another stronghold, before Chhattisgarh assembly elections in 2013 and the general election of 2014 too. However, ignoring their threat, people came out in large number to exercise their voting right.
The Maoists have strongly criticised Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for following neo-liberal policies and ditching voters. They have reasoned that the right form of government couldn’t be formed through democratically held elections. In the last 65 years, the Indian public has only been exploited, they maintain. The Maoist cadre has appealed to wage an “armed war against the establishment”. During its combing operation, besides, the posters and pamphlets, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has recovered arms and ammunition, and huge cash. According to latest data, the security forces have recovered Rs 8.95 crore from Naxal-infested districts in Bihar. “Our battalions have recovered arms, detonators and IEDs in large quantities. The Maoists wanted to create disturbance and inflict damage on a large-scale during polls,” added Kumar.
http://www.firstpost.com/politics/ahead-of-bihar-elections-maoists-issue-poll-boycott-threats-in-their-strongholds-2453114.html

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