Sunday, July 04, 2010

Nabbed Maoists eyed Sunderbans base

KOLKATA: Nandigram Maoist unit chief Madhusudan Mondal alias Narayan alias Selim and his henchmen Siddhartha Mondal and Rajesh Mondal, who were arrested in the city on Tuesday, were setting up the Maoist network in coastal South 24-Parganas, including the Sunderbans. Three cellphones, a letter and some documents were recovered from them.

Narayan, who hails from Durgachak area of Haldia, has been involved with ultra-Left politics for two decades. He joined Sangrami Sramik Mancha as a youngster, and switched to the Naxalite organization Party Unit (PU) — the same outfit from where former Maoist state secretary Himadri Sen Roy alias Somen started his political career, say sources.

Following the unification of PU and People's War — Narayan shifted to the merged outfit People's War Group and later to CPI(Maoist). Working under the alias of Selim, he played a key role in spreading the rebel organization in Nandigram and Khejuri during the land acquisition rebellion, say police. He recruited hundreds of youths and sent some of them to Jharkhand and Jangalmahal for advanced training.

After Nandigram, his zonal committee was assigned to expand the organization in coastal South 24-Parganas adjacent to Nandigram. This is crucial to the Maoists, who are trying to build a safe corridor from coastal West Bengal to Chhattisgarh through Gopiballavpur and Nayagram in West Midnapore, bordering East Midnapore and Orissa.

Police reports suggest that Narayan had succeeded in setting up strong bases in Diamond Harbour, Kakdwip and parts of Sunderbans which are still remote and isolated.

Narayan is a significant catch because it will hit the red brigade's efforts to build a safe corridor, say police.

Sources said that a section of political activists from both the Trinamool Congress and CPM helped cops track Narayan since his men emerged as a major threat to the Trinamool leadership in East Midnapore in the post-Nandigram period. Police suspect Narayan was the key man behind Trinamool panchayat pradhan Nishikanta Mondal's murder in Nandigram.

While Narayan was one of the architects of Maoist expansion in the state, Sachin Ghoshal, 44, who hails from Bagnan in Howrah, was no less important in the Maoist network. He used to monitor the supply lines, apart from overseeing the party's intelligence wing.

Siddhartha Mondal, a native of Khejuri and once a close aide of Narayan, disguised himself as Sankar when he worked in a small factory at Garia. Rajesh is a fresh recruit and was nabbed on his way to deliver a letter to Narayan. "The letter was sent by another Maoist leader, Debu," said P Nirajnayan, IG-I CID. Rajesh's father Sanjay has been booked for harbouring the Maoist leaders. He is from Noorpur in South 24-Paragans.

All five have been booked under UAPA and will be produced in court on Wednesday. (ToI)


Anonymous said...

i think its difficult to survivve in that area, if you survuve the police the tiger will get you, or the piretes will be on hnade, hence i do not think that the goal is to make a permamnet shelter there it might be used as a temporaray base.

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