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Ex-Armymen training Maoists: home secy
NEW DELHI, MAR 6 (AGENCIES)
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Published on 7 Mar. 2010 12:52 AM IST
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: Maoists aim to overthrow the Indian state by 2050, and they may be getting help from some ex-Army personnel in realising this objective, home secretary G K Pillai said here on Friday. “The overthrow of the Indian state is not something they (Maoists) are willing to do tomorrow or the day after. Their strategy, according to a booklet they circulated, is that they are looking (to overthrow the government) in 2050...some documents say, in 2060,” Mr Pillai said while addressing a seminar on “Left wing extremism in India” organised by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, stated Economic Times. Stating that a detailed analysis of Naxal operations brings forth their military precision, Mr Pillai hinted that this could be the result of help from some ex-Army or ex-paramilitary personnel. This was evident from their lethal use of improvised explosive device (IEDs), precise and pinpointed intelligence-based attacks on vulnerable posts and security camps and their practice of swift retreat after attacks with arms looted from the security forces. They religiously carry out a detailed post-mortem of every operation they undertake. “The analysis is as good as armed forces of any country does,” Mr Pillai said. “They are very highly motivated, highly trained. I am quite certain that there are some, may be ex-Army, people who have been with them,” he said. Talking about the ongoing joint, inter-state operations to weed out Maoists and re-establish the control of the administration in Maoist-hit areas, Mr Pillai said it was a long haul and seven to eight years may be needed to gain full control. “The operations have not hit even 5% of the hardcore militants...the real armed cadres are yet to come out,” he said adding that they may come out for talks in the right earnest only after their top leaders are in the net and they start feeling the heat. Mr Pillai dismissed the cease-fire offer as a fluke and said that it may just be a ploy to regroup and build their forces towards their plans. “It is quite likely that the violence will go up in 2010 or 2011 before the tide begins to turn,” he said. Mr Pillai also hinted at Maoists moving to Bihar, which goes to polls later this year, and alleged that the Nitish Kumar government had turned soft towards the Maoists ahead of the state election. According to the home secretary, Maoists are using administrative vacuum and under-development to establish their hold over large tracts of land across states. Their estimated income, he said, is a whopping Rs 1,400 crore. Mr Pillai had a virtual face off with activist Arundhati Roy when she challenged his statement that Maoists were virtually building an army to overthrow the state of India. Ms Roy said that Maoists would take the home secretary’s suggestion that they were a formal army as a compliment.

 
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