Sunday, February 07, 2010

Joined rebels to get back my land: Arrested Maoist

Nishant Sinha, TNN, 7 February 2010, 07:17am IST

AURANGABAD: The two women Maoists, Shanti Devi and Mobin Khatoon, alias Sushma Devi, who were arrested from Ambabar village under Madanpur block
in Aurangabad district on Friday, told a section of the media after their arrest that they were lured by the rebels to join the organisation for a paltry sum, some food and clothes.

The revelation has come as a big jolt to the Maoists' claim of mass support to their ideology in their ongoing offensive against the government establishment.

Both the arrested women belong to Gaya district. While Shanti belongs to Pachrukhia village under Dumaria police station of Gaya, Mobin Khatoon is a native of Chakerbandha village of the same district.

Mobin said she joined the banned outfit out of compulsion after her brother took away her land. The rebels, she claimed, had promised to get her land back if she joined them. However, the rebels did not keep their word.

Mobin said during her four-year stint, the rebels paid her Rs 600 once in six months, some clothes and food. Her work, like most other women members of the group, was to visit different villages and mobilise support, particularly among womenfolk. She revealed that more than 400 women Maoists are now active in Aurangabad.

Repenting her association with the Maoists, Mobin said: "Now onwards, I dissociate myself from the outfit since it has not been able to redress poor people's grievances."

Meanwhile, Aurangabad SP Nishant Kumar Tiwary termed the arrests as a major achievement of the district police. He said raids are being conducted to arrest other Maoists who managed to flee the village.

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