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Maoist leader Kishanji visited Kolkata city twice

Posted by Admin on October 10, 2009

KOLKATA: Soon after the attack on the chief minister’s convoy near Midnapore, Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishanji visited Kolkata twice
between December 2008 and April 2009. According to police sources, he took shelter in a north Kolkata house and held meetings with senior leaders and trusted sympathizers to engage the security forces at several points outside the core Maoist zone in Jangalmahal.

During transit from one place to other, Kishanji had an elite People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) of 30 heads. He moved into the city after PGA inspected his route to Kolkata and gave the go-ahead. Sleuths are now trying to find out who all attended the secret meetings among the sympathizers.

It has also been revealed that the plan to turn the forest cover in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia into a liberated zone was hatched much before the Maoist ambush on the chief minister’s convoy in Salboni. The Maoists had prepared the blueprint during "Meet 2007".

This is not all. Leaders had tried to make forays into the Dooars region of North Bengal by setting up a working relationship with Adivasi Vikas Parishad (AVP) and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). That explains why GJM leader Roshan Giri went to Lalgarh to address a meeting organized by People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA). But the scheme of things did not work out as envisaged in the Dooars because most AVP leaders had grown up in mainstream politics and were not ready to use arms. Maoists had to remain satisfied with splinter groups of the Parishad that are hand-in-glove with GJM.

CID sources confirmed that Kishanji is moving base in Jangalmahal at ease. According to police, the Maoists had planned the ambush on the CM’s convoy expecting that the state would "intensify the repression", which would in turn help consolidate their support base and even extend it.

"The Maoist guerrilla zone in Bengal is comparatively less than those in Orissa or Chhattisgarh. Since the police operations started, we have recovered more than 70 landmines, which indicates the continuous process of the attacks," a senior police officer said.

Apart from Kishanji’s security team, 40-50 PGA members are active in Jangalmahal but none of them has been killed or nabbed in the past few months, cops admit.

Police managed to nab some members of the military force trained in Lalgarh when the area was under siege. "Around 300 youths were trained at Kantapahari near Lalgarh police station," an investigator said. TOI


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