The Maoists held their super-secret congregation called party Congress last year in April in Chhattisgarh, HT has learnt. Even flying drones and teams of central paramilitary personnel and state police seems to have failed to track the meeting that takes place every five years.
The last such meeting by banned outfit CPI (Maoist) before last year was held in Bhimbandh forests of Bihar in 2007. During such meetings, the party leadership takes stock of the prevalent situation and chalks out its strategy accordingly.
“The party Congress took place in April 2013 in Kutul area of Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. Kutul is located in Abhujhmad area considered to be a stronghold of Maoists,” said a Union home ministry official dealing with left wing extremism.
The official added that GVK Prasad alias Gudsa Usendi, who was propaganda chief of the Maoists in their bastion of Dandakaranya zone, after his arrest in January this year confirmed that the Reds indeed held the meeting in Kutul.
“During the party Congress, the Reds promoted at least three of their comrades including Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DSZC) secretary Ramanna alias Ravulu Srinivas, to the central committee of the party,” said the official.
Ramanna is considered to be the driving force behind the Darbha valley attack, which was launched just a month after the meeting. It was one of the most vicious attacks on the political class of the country in which the Reds wiped out top Congress leaders like Mahendra Karma, Vidhya Charan Shukla, Nand Kumar Patel and his son Dinesh in a single strike.
The attack, however, came under sharp criticism within the Reds for targeting leaders like Nand Kumar Patel and Vidya Charan Shukla, which didn’t serve any strategic purpose, say sources.
In the meeting, middle-rung leaders told the seniors large-scale killings of civilians by branding them as police informers and destroying public property is turning the public against their outfit and the party should refrain from that.