CPI(Maoist) Bebgal secretary arrested
In the most successful anti-Maoist operation during the current chapter of Maoist activity the special task force (STF) of Kolkata Police has nabbed the state secretary of CPI(Maoist) Kanchan alias Sudip Chongdar (48) along with two other state committee members. Surbek Biswas reports.india Updated: Dec 03, 2010 18:19 IST
In the most successful anti-Maoist operation during the current chapter of Maoist activity the special task force (STF) of Kolkata Police has nabbed the state secretary of CPI(Maoist) Kanchan alias Sudip Chongdar (48) along with two other state committee members.
The three were apprehended from various spots in Kolkata's fringes in separate raids over the past two-three days. Before these arrests Telegu Deepak, the state committee leader arrested in March 2010, was the most important leader to be held.
Though STF until now is tight-lipped on this issue, a source in CPI (Maoist) state committee has confirmed HT that they have lost all sorts of contacts with Kanchan and two other state committee members a few days earlier.
According to police officials, STF sleuths were tracking the movement of Kanchan and his associates over the past few months.
In February 2008, his predecessor Soumen alias Himadri Sen Roy was also arrested by the police at a railway station. He is still in jail.
Important documents pertaining to communication with each other were seized from their possession. Kanchan is wanted in several cases of sedition, among which some are related specifically with Lalgarh. Kanchan is among the Maoist think tank that functioned as the architect of Lalgarh movement in November 2008.
Kanchan was the most important leader after Kishenji, who was a politburo member and the most visible face of the rebellion in Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar.
When Maoists announced their involvement in the landmine blast that targeted West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on November 2, 2008, the statement was issued in the name of Kanchan.
Later Kanchan issued the statement claiming responsibility for the Lalgarh movement.
Apart from Kanchan, Chongdar also possesses other aliases like Batash and Gautam. Hailing from Garbeta of West Midnapore, Chongdar had been arrested also in the beginning of this millennium only to be released after about two years in jail.
Soon after his release, Kanchan joined the Maoist squad once again. He is a science graduate and his wife Rita (alias Rina Sarkar) is also a Maoist squad member.
Kanchan's brother-in-law Asit Sarkar (alias Mongol Singh) was allegedly murdered by CPI(M) cadres about three years ago.
The police has found that Kanchan and his two associates became somewhat aloof from the party activities. Sources claimed that the distance followed their differences with Kishenji over the strategy and focus of Maoist movement in Bengal.
According to them, Kishenji has been bypassing the state committee since the beginning of 2009 and has been operating with his coterie comprising Akash (alias Ashim Mondal), Bikash (alias Singrail Tudu), Anu (alias Kalpana Maity) and Madhati Patra (alias Sujoy).
So far Kanchan and the other three have claimed before investigators that they were almost kept in the dark regarding the party's activities in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore.
The likely morale: though the nab would jolt the organization, it may not affect CPI(Maoist) action squad members in Bengal.
First Published: Dec 03, 2010 18:14 IST