Now, Maoists plan to attack political leaders

The Maoists are now raising specially trained teams to eliminate leaders of various political parties.

New Delhi: After a spate of attacks on
security forces, the Maoists are now raising specially trained
small teams to eliminate leaders of various political parties
across the country.

The central committee of the CPI (Maoist) at a recent
meeting has decided to raise "action teams" in all states
dominated by them to target political leaders and workers, a
Home Ministry official said quoting intelligence inputs.
He said the Naxals were planning to launch the attack in
both rural and semi-urban areas in West Bengal, Jharkhand,
Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

"Apprehending threat, many political leaders in the areas
dominated by the Maoists have started resigning from their
respective political parties," the official said.

Besides, the policy-making body of the CPI (Maoist) also
directed its cadres to target any vehicle used by security
personnel even if civilians travel along with them, he said.

According to a government estimate, there are 34
districts in the country which are seriously affected by the
Naxal menace while another 50 districts have Maoist presence
and the rebels dominate around 40,000 sq km areas in different
parts of the country.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had described Maoists as
the greatest threat to internal security.

Home Minister P Chidambaram had said that the situation
in the states affected by left-wing extremism continues to be
a cause of grave concern.

"The number of deaths in 2009 among civilians in such
states were 591, while 317 security personnel and 217
militants were killed, indicating a rising trend," Home
Minister P Chidambaram had said.