Friday, March 05, 2010

Maoist leader reveals evil design, confirms TMC link

Captured ultra left leader Venkatesh Reddy reveals evil design to destabilize West Bengal. He also reconfirms link with TMC despite the party's repeated denial. Both TMC and the Maoists are opposing the setting up of a nuclear power plant at Haripur.

CJ: Rupam Banerjee
Fri, Mar 05, 2010 17:05:37 IST

THE CAT is out of the bag once again. After Kishenji, a Maoist politburo member, it is now the turn of Venkatesh Reddy, alias Dipak, alias Gauranga, to expose the red rebels’ close links with the Trinamool Congress, the major partner of the Congress in the UPA.

Dipak, a member of the Maoist military commission, was arrested this week from Sarsuna area of Kolkata by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). It is a big success for the West Bengal Police. But Dipak’s revelation during interrogation is an ominous sign for the state’s future, intelligence officials feel.

“It is clear from Dipak’s disclosure that the Trinamool Congress and the Maoists worked together in Nandigram, Khejuri and Haripur in East Midnapore district and the forest areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts as a part of a bigger evil design to dislodge the Left Front Government in West Bengal,” a senior investigating officer said.

What was an even more dangerous disclosure was that the Maoists had killed Nishikanta Mondal, a Trinamool leader of Nandigram and a member of the Bhumi Uchched Committee, on charges of not returning ten sophisticated firearms and large funds, which the Maoists had left with him before moving to Khejuri and Haripur.

The Centre has decided to set up a nuclear power plant at Haripur in East Midnapore district. Both Trinamool congress and the Maoists are opposing the Centre’s decision to set up the nuclear power plant there.

“We are worried about the misuse of these firearms and we have to recover these weapons. We are also looking for those, who have received Arms training from the Maoists,” the officer said. “It is now clear that the Maoists had run several arms training camps in both Nandigram and Khejuri in active connivance with the Trinamool Congress,” he observed.

The officer said the State and City police are also trying to find out the contacts of both Kishenji and Dipak in the city and the suburbs. Despite claims by both Kishenji and Dipak, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee continues to blame the CPI (M) for the killing of Mondal last year for the reasons best known her.
Political observers and intelligence officials, however, described as “rubbish” the claim of Trinamool Congress MP and UPA Minister Sisir Adhikari that the CPI (M) had used the Maoists against the opposition in Keshpur and Panskura and Dipak and his gang was taken to Nandigram in a Government vehicle.

They said it was good news that the Centre had decided to send 6,000 more paramilitary personnel to Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal in the next 40 days after completion of their training.The four eastern states had together asked for 14,000 additional personnel from the Centre during last month’s meeting in Kolkata. Around 60,000 central security personnel are currently deployed in the Maoist-affected states.

“It’s high time that the Centre and the States start joint operations against the Maoists and restore confidence among the poor people. Most of the poor people are forced to join and help the Maoists at gun points,” they observed.

“Truly speaking the Maoists today are nothing but groups of mercenaries, who are plagued with corruption and bloody rivalry among their own hit squads,” they pointed out.

They said the Centre and the state should not give any opportunity to the Maoists to regroup and reorganize under any pretext and launch the joint operation without any further delay. “In our state the Maoists are trying to expand their bases in other districts like North and South 24 Parganas, Hooghly, Bardhaman, Birbhum, Nadia, Murshidabad, Malda and Darjeeling districts,” they added.

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