After over a decade in the guerrilla ranks, Marshall has raised his voice against Kishanji and other ‘non-tribal leaders’, branding them ‘outsiders’ in Jangalmahal. The sons of the soil, who are at the frontlines of dangerous tasks and carry out the Maoist policymakers’ orders, are being sidelined by outsiders like Kishanji, he says.
Since CPI (Maoist) was formed, more than 11 splinter groups have been created, half of which are in Jharkhand. Most of them have turned into gangs of extortionists.
Marshall’s rebellion could turn out to be a potent weapon for both the administration and the ruling CPM to curb the Maoist dominance in the state. The disgruntl-ed guerrilla leader spoke to The Ti-mes of India at a remote, heavily guarded hideout in Jangalmahal.
Marshall, who is wanted for one of the deadliest attacks in Bengal — the ambush of a police party in Bandwan in 2003, where the OC and five other policemen were killed — today believes that the Maoists’ path of revolution cannot bring relief to the tribals of Lalgarh. "Maoist are also power-mongers, just like any other political party. They are interested only in expanding their territory by using the tribals, but are least bothered about the development of the local people," Marshall said
(Bikash’s real name was a mystery thus far. This is the first time any Maoist leader has exposed the identity of another wanted leader to the media.)