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Attack in sync with plan made in ’07

Mupalla Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI)-Maoist, is a man known to follow up his words with concrete action, reports Soumyajit Pattnaik.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2009 01:35 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik

Mupalla Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI)-Maoist, is a man known to follow up his words with concrete action.

In their operational strategy finalised at the so-called Unity Congress of the CPI-Maoist in January-February, 2007, the Naxal higher-ups led by Ganapathy decided to focus on the backward areas of eastern and central India.

Sunday’s attack that killed 15 policemen in Gadchiroli, which falls in the Maoist definition of central India, is in keeping with the strategy.

After the Unity Congress, the spokesperson of the CPI-Maoist had released an interview of the CPI-Maoist general secretary on the decisions taken.

“AP (Andhra Pradesh), particularly the region of North Telangana, has been an important centre of revolutionary movement for a long period and a great inspiration to the revolutionary masses of our country,” Ganpathy had said in the interview. “But we have to keep in mind that so far as the question of establishing base areas goes, it has been the more backward areas falling in central and eastern India that were selected by the Party with the immediate task of liberating these vast areas.”

The 2007 strategy speaks of expanding the areas of armed struggle to as many states as possible.

To mark the first anniversary of the Unity Congress, the Maoists attacked Nayagarh district in February 2008, killing 14 policemen. The attack in Gadchiroli coincided with the second anniversary of the Unity Congress.