The security agencies have told the government that the Maoists had exploited the stalemate following the massacre of 76 policemen last April and held 94 training camps for their cadre, maximum in the last seven years.
“It does appear that the Maoists went about expanding its recruitment base and train its cadres — both, existing and fresh — with renewed vigour,” a senior security official told HT.
In previous years, the number of training camps that had come to the notice of the security agencies ranged between 30 in 2006 and 72 in 2003.
Not surprisingly, the official said Chhattisgarh accounted for more than one-third of all arms training camps.
According to statistics, Maoists reportedly held 75 Jan Adalats in 2010 that ordered the execution of 36 civilians. In contrast, kangaroo courts met on 141 occasions in 2003 which delivered death sentence for 19.
“These statistics are consistent with the data on fatalities and reflect a deepening and widening of Maoist influence,” said Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management.
With a thousand causalities — most of them civilians — 2010 was the bloodiest year in the history of the movement.
Sahni counted arrest of Maoist leaders outside traditional areas of influence such as Delhi an indicator of their widening influence.