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Get jailed Maoists out by hook or by crook, says Ganapathy

Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, September 16, 2013
First Published: 19:14 IST(16/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:08 IST(17/9/2013)

All routes, legal and illegal, must be explored to get jailed Maoist leaders out, CPI(Maoist) top gun Muppalla Lakshmana Rao aka Ganapathy has written in a secret letter to his comrades.

This is critical to fill the leadership crisis in the outfit, the CPI(Maoist) general secretary has made clear in his 17-page letter.

The task of the outfit’s leaders outside jail is to help the jailed comrades come out, either by obtaining bail or by jailbreak.

As an example of the 'illegal' means, he has mentioned the Chaibasa jailbreak on January 17, 2011, when three senior rebel leaders of the Jharkhand unit — Motilal Soren, Raghunath Hembram and Mangru Mahato — escaped by cutting the ventilators of their cells and jail godown.

On page 11, Ganapathy writes, "A few comrades have broken jails, ridiculing the enemy’s stern vigilance and surveillance system that are becoming stricter and more rigid day by day and joined the revolutionary movement again."

Over the past three years, the CPI(Maoist) has suffered severe loss of leadership with senior leaders Kishenji and Azad being killed in police encounters, and Kobad Ghandy, Amitabh Bagchi, Saheb Chatterjee ending up in jail.

Except three, all central committee leaders of the outfit who worked outside the guerilla zones have been arrested or killed, leading to a leadership crisis, Ganapathy admits.

The shadowy Ganapathy's call to his cadre is likely to create a flutter. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has termed Maoist insurgency, which began in the late 1960s, the country's "greatest internal security challenge".

Ganapathy also asked jailed comrades to keep their "revolutionary spirit" intact.

"Jails must be turned into centres of political training and struggle… we hope that all comrades will try to carry on studies with a long term view, to improve physical fitness, to preserve health, to write and send articles in various forms to the party magazines, to do literary work, to write experiences and send to the party and to well utilise the time in several ways."

Ganapathy's letter has also analysed in detail the condition of the Maoist movement across the country, dissecting the reasons for the setbacks it has faced between 2010 and 2013.

The CPI(Maoist) boss is believed to be in a hideout in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh.


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