Raipur: Maoists are gearing up to hold their
10th Congress in the densely forested region of Abujhmad, in
Naxal-infested Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, according
to intelligence inputs received by the state police.
Bastar IG T J Longkumer said that they have
received information about Maoists leaders gathering in this
rebel-controlled forest region for the Congress, preparations
for which are on in full swing.
According to police, Naxals consider this thick jungle
stretch as one of their safest venues to hold the crucial meet
as they have suffered many setbacks and casualties recently on
account of several arrests and killings and would not want to
further lose out on their cadres.
However, officials are not ruling out the possibility of
Maoists spreading this information to mislead the police and
carry out attacks elsewhere when the entire force would be
concentrating on the venue.
In view of the Congress, police is planning to beef up the
security and keep a strict vigil in and around Abujhmad, a
region extending from Naxal-hit South Bastar in Chhattisgarh
to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.
Naxals organise this Congress every five years, the last
one being held in 2007, in Bhimgaon jungles bordering Jumai
and Munger districts of Bihar, police said.
This Naxal meet is usually attended by members of the
central committee, politburo, state committee and prominent
Maoists leaders from across the country.
The Congress deliberates on the achievements and failures
of the Naxal movement, its funding, purchase and manufacture
of explosives and weaponry, besides taking vital decisions on
appointments and transfers of important cadres and office
bearers along with the budget allocations for the next five
Naxals also chalk out their next plan of action against
the measures taken by the government to crush their movement,
in this meet, which is fiercely guarded under seven security
layers, allowing top Maoists leaders to escape in case of a
police raid, officials said.