BHUBANESWAR: Even as Naveen Patnaik Government takes pride in pushing the Red rebels on the backfoot in the State, the outlawed CPI (Maoist) says it is former DGP Prakash Mishra who was instrumental in ‘finishing off’ the outfit in Odisha.
The central committee of CPI (Maoist), which takes stock of progress of its movement across States, has recorded it in its proceedings during the October meeting.
The central committee report states that CPI (Maoist) weakened substantially after Sabyasachi Panda parted ways and created his own rebel outfit in the State. The apex body described Panda as a ‘fugitive’ but acknowledged that his departure made a difference to party’s organisation in the State. “However, it was DGP Prakash Mishra who finished the Maoist party in Odisha,” it added. Mishra is currently Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The rebel party said there has been an increasing presence of security forces in the area which is under the jurisdiction of Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) Special Zonal Committee. More area domination exercises are being carried out and the cut-off areas are being zeroed in on. The security forces are also striking the places where area commanders are leading the movement. In the last seven months, there has been 29 such raids by the security forces in the AOB zone of which 12 were in the cut-off areas which are hurting them, it added.
In Narayanpatna, arrest of Chashi Mulia Sangha leader Nachika Linga also impacted the Maoist party’s strength in the region and taking advantage of the situation, political leaders of the district, who preferred to stay in urban areas, are beginning to return. In some places, the lands which were taken away by the Maoists are again being grabbed by landlords. But the fight against them will start again, the party said in its meeting.
The fight against bauxite mining in the State has been led by the Red rebels but the CPI (Maoist) admits that it can not be an armed struggle because the movement is being supported by so many social and political organisations.