Killing of Kishenji a blow to Maoists
Ranchi: Though the killing of Maoist
leader Kishenji in West Bengal was a huge setback for the
ultras, it would take more time to tackle the menace.
"Kishenji’s killing definitely weakened the CPI
(Maoist) as they depended on him in the eastern states, but
ideologues like Ganapathi could be hiding in Andhra, Bengal or
Odisha. It will take some time," an official in the central
intelligence department in Jharkhand said.
Besides Ganapathi, other top wanted Maoists were
Prasanta Bose who went by the aliases of Kishanda and
Manishda, Katkan Sudarshan known as Virendra and Anand,
Malleh-Jullah Venugopal alias Bhupathi and Sonu and Nambala
and Keshav Rao who went by the names of Gaganna and Basva Rao,
the official said.
The Jharkhand police and central forces were on the
lookout for elusive Maoist Kundan Pahan, who had masterminded
the beheading of special branch inspector Francis Induwar, a
top police official said.
Among those already arrested were Maoist Politburo
members Ravi Sharma, Amitabh Bagchi, Kobad Gandhi, Pramod
Mishra and Jagdish.
In Jharkhand the Maoists had suffered a major
setback in July when the police and central forces destroyed
the eastern regional bureau headquarters of the Maoists in
Saranda forest in West Singhbhum district.