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Rs 30-crore red budget for arms

The Central Committee of CPI (Maoists) has earmarked Rs 30 cr per year to upgrade its arms manufacturing units nationally, reports Prakash Kumar.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2007 03:50 IST
Prakash Kumar

The Central Committee of CPI (Maoists) has earmarked Rs 30 crore per year to upgrade its arms manufacturing units nationally and procure rocket launchers, mortars, hand grenades and other weapons. The information surfaced with the arrest of a hardcore cadre during a police raid on a Naxalite den in Chatra area of Jharkhand on Thursday.

Jharkhand Police sources told HT that the decision was taken at a meeting of the outifit’s Central Military Commission (CMC) at Bhimbandh Wild Life Sanctuary in Munger district of Bihar in February this year. The decision, however, was a well-guarded secret till now.

The party has decided to allocate the hefty amount on sophisticated arms procurement to execute its new combat plan which includes massive attacks on police forces and killing of high profile personalities in Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, officials said.

A senior police officer said CPI(Maoist)’s Party Unity conference, believed to have been held somewhere in the forest area near Munger has already approved the outfit’s operational shift towards less frequent but massive attacks on police forces, besides targeting of high-profile personalities who have proved to be an impediment to the Maoist movement.

According to reports, the CPI(Maoist) Party Unity meet also approved a shift to a ‘mobile war’ strategy from guerrilla warfare. Under this, Maoists plan to trigger surprise attacks in a pre-planned manner, a police officer said.

“Assassination of JMM MP Sunil Mahto and the Chilkaridih massacre, which took place this year, were believed to have been part of the Maoists’ new strategy,” he added.

“At least four companies each of the Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) of the CPI(Maoist) are learnt to be active in Jharkhand and Bihar,” an IPS officer said.