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Police will strive to make State Maoist-free: DGP


Ahead of the CPI (Maoist)’s PLGA week beginning on Thursday, the TSRTC suspended its night services and regulated inter-district services to remote tribal pockets of Mulugu and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts as a safety precaution.Ahead of the CPI (Maoist)’s PLGA week beginning on Thursday, the TSRTC suspended its night services and regulated inter-district services to remote tribal pockets of Mulugu and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts as a safety precaution. | Photo Credit: RAO GN
Special CorrespondentBHADRADRI-KOTHAGUDEM 01 DECEMBER 2021 21:21 IST

Mahender Reddy makes surprise visit to base camp at Chennapuram, an interior village

Lauding the efforts of the police in the border districts of Telangana, adjoining Chhattisgarh, in keeping Maoists at bay, Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy said the police would strive to ensure that the State continued to remain free from Maoist activities.

The DGP, along with the Additional DGP, Grey Hounds, K Srinivas Reddy, CRPF Additional DGP Rashmi Shukla, and a host of other senior police officials made a surprise visit to the base camp at Chennapuram, an interior village in Charla mandal of Telangana’s Bhadrachalam Agency on Wednesday.

The top brass of the State police arrived in a helicopter from Mulugu district, where he visited the District Police Training Centre at Jakaram in the tribal majority district, late in the afternoon, sources said.


The State police chief carried out a review of the anti-Maoist operations during his visit to the border areas of Bhadrachalam Agency, a day ahead of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week slated to be observed by the outlawed outfit from December 2 to 8.

During the DGP’s visit, the police made tight security arrangements in the border areas straddling the forests along Chhattisgarh’s Maoist stronghold of south Bastar division.

The DGP later held a review meeting with police officials of the three border districts – Mulugu, Bhadradri-Kothagudem and Jayashankar Bhupalpally at the ITC guest house at Sarapaka near Bhadrachalam.

Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting, Mr Reddy said Maoists movement had not been noticed anywhere in the State in the past one year.

“The state committee leaders of the banned outfit are taking shelter in neighbouring Chhattisgarh and the Telangana state police are ever vigilant to prevent their entry into the State,” he asserted.

Adequate focus had been laid on providing training for capacity building and catering to the requirements of the police force in terms of infrastructure and logistics, he noted.

The credit for keeping Maoists at bay went to people of Telangana, the DGP said, adding that people were keeping themselves away from the influence of Maoists and leading a peaceful life by extending cooperation to the official machinery in realising the government’s development endeavour.

He said the State had remained free of Maoist activities due to relentless anti-Maoist operations by the police in coordination with the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), the Grey Hounds, and other agencies concerned with the active cooperation of people.

Bhadradri-Kothagudem Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt was present

Maoists to deploy more armed cadre to strengthen Western Ghats presence

Maoists are planning to strengthen their presence in the areas coming under the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee by redeploying their armed cadre from other parts of the country.

Published: 30th November 2021 06:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th November 2021 06:31 AM  |  A+A-

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KOZHIKODE: Maoists are planning to strengthen their presence in the areas coming under the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee by redeploying their armed cadre from other parts of the country. Such a strategy is being contemplated in view of the depleting number of cadre of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) after a series of encounter killings, arrests and surrenders, and to counter the intensified efforts from the Kerala Police to get Maoists surrendered, said sources.

The number of members of PLGA — the armed wing of the CPI (Maoist) — has come down to 14 from around 40 in 2015. Over the years, two central committee members, many zonal committee members and cadre from the lower ranks were either killed or arrested. 

The Bhavani Dalam (squad) of the Maoists has been completely decimated after the encounter at Manjakkandy in Palakkad in October 2019. Rajan Chittilappalli, who was leading the Urban Bureau, was arrested in December 2020, and Raghavendra, the link between the zonal committee and central committee, was picked up from Kannur on November 6 this year.

Maoist movement in Western Ghats is passing through the worst patch in its history. The resources are dwindling and the morale of its workers has hit rock bottom. To top it all, the police have been vigorously pursuing its surrender-cum-rehabilitation programme.


Observers say the Maoists have the history of redeploying their cadre when they confront adverse situations or as part of certain strategies. Erstwhile CPI-ML (People’s War) had withdrawn their cadre from the North Telangana area after police action was intensified. The cadre were later redeployed to strengthen the movement in the Dandakaranya region.

There was a plan to bring some cadre from other parts of the country when a new guerrilla zone in south India came into being around 2011. It was believed that the presence of experienced cadre could give an impetus to the fledgling movement in the Western Ghats. 

Maoists plan to bring in experienced cadre

But that decision could not be implemented due to some logistical problems. Zonal committee member Deepak and his wife Sharmila were the only cadre who were deputed from other guerrilla zones to the Western Ghats. Deepak, who has the experience of working in Chhattisgarh, was roped in to impart training in jungle warfare and use of explosives.

Sharmila returned to her unit in 2018 and Deepak was arrested in Coimbatore in November 2019. Since then, the state military commission of CPI (Maoist) in Western Ghats, which is overseeing the armed activities, is without a head. Sources said the Maoists are planning to bring in some experienced and battle-hardened cadre from Dandakaranya to South India to overcome their present crisis.

Worst phase 

  • Maoist movement in Western Ghats is passing through the worst patch in its history
  • The number of members of People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army —the armed wing of the CPI (Maoist) — has come down to 14 from around 40 in 2015
  • Over the years, two central committee members, many zonal committee members and cadre from the lower ranks were either killed or arrested

Maoists expel former politburo member Kobad Ghandy for anti-party activities

PUBLISHED: 30TH NOV 2021 2:17 PM

Warangal: The CPI (Maoist) has expelled its politburo member and senior most leader Kobad Ghandy accusing him of abandoning the ‘dialectical and historical materialism, principles of Marxism and class struggle” and “for selecting the way of getting happiness through mysticism.”

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In a press release dated November 27, 2021, party national spokesperson Abhay said that the Central Committee was expelling Kobad Ghandy from CPI (Maoist) for his ant-party activities, mainly for writing a book named ‘Fractured Freedom- A Prison Memoir’ and released it in 2021 after his release from jail in 2019, and announced that they would soon release an answer to the Kobad’s ‘Fractured Freedom – A Prison Memoir’.

Abhay also stated that the party had understood that Kobad Gandhy was completely separated from Marxism-Leninism-Maoism (MLM).

“He (Kobad) also stated that these three aspects of life that have to be woven into any project for change that did not reflect in his 40-year revolutionary life, so put this as goal post before going to change the world. He is also saying that the essence should be grasped from bourgeoisie moral stories. In this way, by selecting the idealist path he is dishonestly saying that there is no happiness and freedom in the Marxist way of practice that is why Marxism is failed in reaching its target,” Abhay said accusing him of wrongly explaining and commenting on Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.

“The Kobad’s mysticism is only related to the feudal and bourgeoisie ideology but it has no relation to Marxism which is more scientific in philosophical aspect. Kobad followed Naxalbari politics for more than 40 years and continued as the CC member of the CPI(ML) Peoples’ War Group (PWG) and acted as Maharashtra State Committee member and later continued as the politburo member of CPI(Maoist) until his arrest in 2019. He had lost integrity and tried to satisfy the ruling classes. After releasing from jail he did not contact the party, without discussing the party and violating the party constitution, democratic centralism and ideological principles, he wrote and released the book. This is all displaying the anarchist tendencies in Kobad Ghandy. By this book he is trying to inculcate pessimism in the revolutionary camp and false allegations against the Maoist party,” Abhay said.

“ When the fascist Modi government is trying hard to root out the revolutionary movement until 2022 by intensifying the Samadhan-Prahar military campaign, Kobad released his book in the service of the ruling class. He explained in the book that he had a good companion with the criminal world and jail authorities and had a comfortable life in prison. Without shame, he openly praised the criminal gangs and jail authorities. He falsely alleged that the Maoists had close links with the mafia and often led them in jail,” he said.

“By rejecting the revolutionary politics, he has stepped into the mire of bourgeoisie idealism. He belongs to an upper-middle-class family. He came into the party from the national bourgeoisie class. He has grown up in the corporate world. He studied in Doon’s school. He studied in Landon for some time. He was influenced by the Naxalbari movement and ultimately joined in the revolutionary movement. He emerged as one of the leading members of the Maharashtra movement. He studied Marxism-Leninism in the library in Landon, where Karl Marx had studied in The Doon School. But he failed in applying the theory to the concrete conditions,” the spokesperson said.

“After 40 years, he (Kobad) went back to the rotten semi feudal-semi colonial system of society. He is saying that this ‘return’ is a great happening. Kobad joined with those Marxists like Bernstein and Dangay that were agreeing with Marxism in words and opposing the main principles of Marxism in deeds. So the central committee is expelling Kobad Ghandy from the party,” Abhay added.

Maoists on recruitment drive to celebrate foundation day

Ranchi: After lying low for sometime, Maoists have come out with an open advertisement for recruitment. Handwritten posters and pamphlets have been pasted and distributed in the bordering areas of Bihar and Jharkhand calling upon applications for joining the 

People’s Liberation Guerilla Army

 (PLGA). Celebrating the 

21st foundation day

 of the party — CPI 


 — the ultra Leftists have asked people to come forward and submit their applications against the vacancies announced in the schools, anganwadi centres and Panchayat Bhavan. 

Spokesperson, Bihar-Jharkhand North Chhatisgarh, Uttar Pradesh SImant Regional committee of the CPI Maoists, Manas, said there have been police repressions and loss to the party in form of “betrayal” and arrests. “We want to strengthen the party on all fronts for which the foundation begins with the PLGA,” he said. The outfit members, however, remained silent about the remuneration that they are going to offer. “It is the reactionary forces who appoint and arm men for a salary; we work with volunteers,” he said.

IG and police spokesperson, Jharkhand police, AV Homkar, said the police are keeping strict vigil as the Maoists are celebrating foundation week. “We do not have any concrete information about their recruitment drive. In case we come across such posters or handbills, we will act accordingly,” he said. Homkar added that the patrolling parties would be directed to be more vigilant about the movements around Panchayat Bhavan, schools and anganwadi centres in remote areas, in case the appeal is true.

After a noted decline in activities over the past few years, the Maoists have suddenly become active and trying every bit to make its presence felt. The change occurred after the arrest of politburo member Prashant Bose alias Kishan Da on November 13, who was otherwise given a safe haven in the Saranda forest. When the top leader was underground, the Maoists ensured that no violence occurred in the region to attract eyeballs of the security forces. Things changed after his arrest and the entire eastern regional bureau that was under the command of Bose is active now. From poster campaigns to reaching out to the public — both in Bihar and Jharkhand — has increased.

(With inputs from Sanjay Sahay)