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Indian Maoists trying to rebuild contacts with Nepali comrades

kolkata Updated: Apr 09, 2010 11:44 IST
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
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They coupled in the late nineties, split in 2006 and are now hobnobbing once again. According to intelligence sources, the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and their Nepal counterpart, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) are coming closer to re-establish links.

"We have several inputs that the Indian Maoists are keeping touch with some of the radical armed wing leaders of the UCPN(M), who have gone underground, in order to ensure mutual logistic support," an intelligence officer told HT.

“The Union Home Minister’s statement that Maoists may have been receiving arms from Nepal doesn’t come as a surprise,” said the official.

Indian Maoists are keeping in touch with Nepalese leaders such as Chandra Prakash Gajurel alias Gaurav, politburo member of the UCPN(M) and Ragini, a top armed wing leader.

Gaurav is supposed to have visited India several times and met Indian Maoist leaders. He is also said to have attended a Congress of the erstwhile Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)(Peoples' War).

The charge sheet against CPI(Maoist) leader Kobad Ghandy is supposed to have alleged Ghandy had met Prachanda.

Both the CPI(Maoist) and UCPN(M) were important members of the now-defunct Coordination Committee of the Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia, aka CCOMPOSA.

CCOMPOSA, formed in 2001, had participants from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma and Sri Lanka.

The Nepal Maoists quit CCOMPOSA after they chose to experiment with electoral democracy, as it is mandatory for the CCOMPOSA members to stick to the path of armed struggle.

That Indian Maoists are trying to rebuild their links with Nepal comrades was also evident from what CPI(Maoist) politburo member Koteshwar Rao, alias Kishenji, had told HT in December 2009.

"The Nepal Maoists are showing positive signs of returning to the path of armed struggle. We welcome it. But they need to fight Indian expansionism to achieve revolution," Kishenji had said.