Monday, March 30, 2009

Slain Rinki was a top Maoist

Express News Service First Published : 29 Mar 2009 08:43:36 AM ISTLast Updated : 29 Mar 2009 01:24:00 PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The woman radical killed in Kandhamal on March 24 during a police encounter was none other than Rinki Pal, a top Naxal leader.

Rinki, an area commander of CPI (Maoist), held a key position in the outfit. She originally hailed from Jagatsinghpur where the radicals had set up their base before it was busted last year.

After Ashutosh - who was arrested in Sundargarh earlier this month - Rinki is the second big success for State Police since she was ‘directly involved’ in two major operations of CPI (Maoist) in the State - the Nayagarh carnage and Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati murder.

Over a dozen policemen were killed in one of the fiercest Naxalite attacks in Orissa last year during February. The radicals had emptied the district armouries.

Later in August, VHP leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples were gunned down in Kandhamal triggering a wave of communal riots in the district. CPI (Maoist) had claimed responsibility of the murder.

Police sources said, Rinki took part in both the operations and led from the front. ‘‘Besides, she was one of those rare Oriya girls to have jumped into Naxal fold and played a very important role in mobilising women cadres,’’ sources said. For records sake, the Nayagarh attack had witnessed a massive participation of women cadres.

Rinki who commanded Ghumsar area of CPI (Maoist) enjoyed tremendous support of Sabyasachi Panda, the Orissa Zonal Committee member of CPI (Maoist), the brain behind the two operations.

According to reliable sources, her death has come as a severe blow to CPI ((Maoist’s) operation in Kandhamal where the outfit had been active during the past couple of years and spreading the base.

With the two top leaders Azad and Sabyasachi still at loggerheads, Rinki’s killing may not have come at a worse time, analysts say.

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