Over 180 Maoist cadres in Assam: Police
Guwahati: At least 180 Maoist cadres, including 23 females, have built up a number of front organisations to spread its tentacles and form ties with ULFA, police said Friday.
"A task force on Maoist activities in the state was formed and they have submitted details of 181 Maoist cadre in the state," Assam Police IGP (Central Western Region) L R Bishnoi said here.
He said, "Among the cadre, 23 are women and many of them are political workers."
The Left-wing extremists are mainly active in upper Assam districts, parts of Kamrup Rural and Goalpara districts of lower Assam.
"Since 1996, Maoists have been trying to form their base and built up Upper Assam Leading Committee and Lower Assam Leading Committee," Bishnoi said.
The IGP said that today's arrest of CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Aklanta Rabha in Guwahati has been a major success in the anti-Maoist effort.
Bishnoi said as per interrogation reports of Rabha, Maoists have a five-pronged strategy in Assam and North Eastern region and have closer relations with ULFA.
Maoists are also exploring ways to buy arms from ULFA, play a mediocre role among militant outfits of North East and unite them, form a People's Guerilla Army unit, and setp up camps in Arunachal Pradesh, he said.