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Maoists after Kishenji

kolkata Updated: Nov 24, 2011 20:38 IST
Singdhendu Bhattacharya

The death of Kishenji will appear as the second largest setback for the CPI(Maoist) after the death of former central committee spokesperson Cherkuri Rajkumar alias Azad. He is the second politburo member who died in gun battle with the police.

Kishenji's death came at a time when the CPI(Maoist) is already in a leadership crisis following arrests of a number of politburo and central committee members and the party was trying its best to reorganise, especially, for the successful conduction of forthcoming Party Congress- referred to as the 10th Congress.

The blow will be more for their eastern regional bureau of which Kishenji was the spokesperson and the top-most leader at present. His boss in the eastern bureau Saheb-da, alias Jhantu Mukherjee, former secretary of eastern regional bureau, was arrested a few months back.

The Maoist movement in eastern India will lose lot of teeth as Kishenji was the main coordinator between different units in the four states of Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhabd and Orissa. The blow would be the most in its Bengal unit as in the past few years he has been concentrating mainly on West Bengal.

Besides, losing out a master strategist this will also hit the morale of the Maoist cadres and supporters, as he was the main public face of the party. However, he made no telephone calls to any media persons since April 2010 when he narrowly escaped the joint forces in the forest of Lakshmanpur in West Midnapore district.

Kishenji was one of the key leader of party's highest outfit the politburo and the central military commission. He was one of the key leaders who formed the erstwhile CPIML (PW) under the leadership of Kondepalli Seetharamaiah in 1980.

Kishenji served as the party's Andhra Pradesh state secretary between 1982-1986 and was in-charge of Dandakaranya unit between 1986-1992. Then he worked in north east between 1992-2000 and achieved success in collaborating with insurgence groups of the North East. He was based in Bengal and neighbouring states since 2000.

He played a key role in formation of the PW unit in Bengal and in PW's merger with erstwhile Maoist Communist Center of India (MCCI) in 2004. He served as the politburo and central military commission member since the formation of CPI(Maoist) in 2004.