Disclosing that Maoists are enhancing their striking power by adding sophisticated weapons like AK-47, SLR and mortars in their arsenal to combat government offensives, security sources in the home ministry told this newspaper that Maoist military strategist Kishenji’s inclination towards the Northeast insurgent group was aimed at procuring sophisticated weapons available in abundant quantity with Northeast insurgent groups.
In fact, Maoist leaders who had a meeting with the leaders of Manipur’s Peoples Liberation Army in Burma went against their declared principals and signed a written agreement wherein Maoist committed all support to the PLA and agreed to “work together in the struggle to overthrow Indian government from Manipur”.
The move was aimed at to woo the Northeast rebel groups in strengthening the striking power of Maoist. The NSCN (IM) leaders who also attended a meeting of Maoists in Chhattisgarh have also offered to give military training to Maoists to strengthen their army wing. Referring intelligence inputs, security sources said that this move of Maoists to procure arms from Northeast rebels was also helping each other in their mode of operations.
Moreover, sustained counter-insurgency operations in the north-eastern states have pushed many of the rebel groups to wall and they are short of manpower to launch offensives with sophisticated weapons in which a lot of risk factor is also involved. In contrast the Maoists have no scarcity of cadres and need sophisticated weapons to combat offensives of the security forces.
Security sources said that the home ministry was also worried over the Maoist plan to spread their organisation in the trouble-torn north-eastern states as they identify farmers and farm workers, especially tea garden workers, as their potential target. Refusing to divulge the routes being used to smuggle arms from north-eastern states, security sources said that there are militant outfits which has piled up the stocks of sophisticated weapons even more than the actual strength of its cadres.