Naxals conducting civic action to gain support
Fearing alienation, Naxals have begun holding classes and distributing medicines in their bastions in West Bengal.
New Delhi: Fearing alienation, Naxals have
begun holding classes and distributing medicines in their
bastions in West Bengal, apparently taking a cue from the
Centre`s two-pronged approach of conducting operations and
carrying out civic action hand-in-hand in Maoist-hit areas.
Official sources said the Naxals, taking full advantage
of the lull in police action against them, have started taking
classes of primary students in three Maoist-hit districts -
Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore - with the aim of
"indoctrination" of young students.
The Naxals are also distributing medicines to people who
are deprived of health services in some of the remote areas of
the three districts.
"It is a known fact that the Naxals started regrouping in
these three districts. Many senior leaders of the CPI(Maoists)
belonging to neighbouring states too have taken shelter in
West Bengal taking advantage of the lull in police action. Now
they have started the civic action programme," a source said.
Central government officials are concerned over the
Naxals having free run in West Bengal after the regime change
and opined that unless tough action against the extremists are
taken, the situation may go out of hands.
Last week, Home Minister P Chidambaram had said that
Naxal violence was yet to abate in the worst-affected states
of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa and there were
reports that Maoists have directed their West Bengal unit to
develop guerrilla bases in Jangalmahal to intensify conflict.
"The CPI (Maoist) has added at least four companies to
the People`s Liberation Guerrilla Army and its goal remains
seizure of power through an armed liberation struggle," he had