Sunday, November 29, 2009

Maoists’ offices in Beijing, Bangkok?

S T Beuria, Bhubaneswar, Nov 29, DH News Service:

Apart from getting financial and logistic support from the neighbouring countries like China, Maoists operating on Indian soils have already been able to open their offices in Beijing and Bangkok.

This has been claimed by a local news channel here quoting a senior official of the India-based Tibetan Government in exile.

“The Maoists leaders from India often visit their offices in cities like Beijing and Bangkok to hold discussions with their contacts in the neighbouring countries about the logistic support like supply of arms and ammunitions,” news channel OTV said in its report.

This is for the second time in a month that the Indian Maoists’ Chinese links have come to the fore through the media. During his two-day visit to Orissa a few days ago to review the preparations made by the state government to take on the left wing extremists, Home Secretary G K Pillai had acknowledged the media reports that the Indian Maoists were getting arms support from the neighbouring countries like China. He, however, had made it clear that Beijing was no way involved in this arms smuggling.

When asked, senior police officials engaged in the anti-naxal operations in the state said, so far they have no concrete evidence of China extending a helping hand to the Maoists in the state. However, they acknowledged that there were proofs of the left ultras using foreign-made weapons.

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