Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Maoists recruit through internet

10/10/2007 12:27:20 PM

Maoists have begun tapping the internet to spread their message and influence

Maoists have begun tapping the internet to spread their message and influence. But they don't just stop there, they are also using the information superhighway to find new young recruits.

Security agencies have identified 9 blogs frequently visited by youngsters. Several websites and blogs are now under the scanner. Blogs like the Naxal Revolution, Peoples March and Red Diary are being seen as a tool to spread the Maoist web.

Intelligence sources say Maoists are targeting educated young people to set up an intelligence force, in cities in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Maoists keep a watch on visitors to blog sites and send out emails to prospective recruits. The Maoist emails seek educational details and focus on luring software professionals.

Sources in the Home Ministry have told Times Now that the government is aware of the Maoist strategy to use the internet for propaganda. The government says its keeping a watchful eye and is trying to track those funding online channels spreading Maoist propaganda.

Home ministry sources say intelligence is aware of those propagating for Maoists and accepting payments online. Such online behavior is punishable under the NSA.

Maoists trying to recruit youth using the internet
Gyan Varma
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 04:12 IST

NEW DELHI: Contrary to the popular belief that Maoists are more of a rural force fighting in the jungles, security agencies have found out that the guerrillas are recruiting youngsters through the internet. Security agencies have identified nine such blogs frequently visited by youngsters.

“These websites are being used to recruit youngsters by the Naxals for their under-development intelligence wing,” said a senior security official.

Some of the websites and blogs that have come under the scanner are naxal revolution, peoples march, red diary and lal press. “We suspect that it is a well-thought-out plan because they are trying to diversify and want to target bigger cities to increase their area of influence,” said the officer, adding that Maoists would get a workforce in the cities without much effort or training.

“We have inputs suggesting that Maoists are planning to form an intelligence wing of their own with around 2,000 cadres spread across mainly four cities,” said the officer. Security officials also said apart from Delhi, Maoists are targeting cities in Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh to set up this intelligence force.

Sleuths elaborated that the modus operandi of Maoists is very simple. “They first send email messages after identifying prospective recruits asking them how they can help the cause,” said the officer.

“The questionnaire also asks the possible recruits their areas of interest, educational qualifications and how they would be able to help the movement,” the officer added.

“We have been tracking these websites for long and have stumbled upon this information. Maoists are also asking computer professionals to either develop or help them develop more web pages so that people could visit them and know more about the force.”

The officer also emphasised that though it is new that Maoists are using
the internet to their advantage, there is a good strength of overground workers which is not just very well-educated but is also motivated to fight the security forces.

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