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Maoists in league with PREPAK
Kolkata/Chinsurah, Dec 5 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 7 Dec. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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Maoists have struck a deal to get arms and training from the Manipur insurgent group, the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), arrested rebel kingpin Sudip Chongdar alias Kanchan has told interrogators.
“Maoists started procuring arms and ammunition from Prepak, which has agreed to send its men to train the new recruits of the CPI (Maoist). Dense forests in Orissa and Jharkhand have been selected for such training camps,” said Rajeev Kumar, the chief of the special task force (STF), which picked up Kanchan and three other rebel leaders over the past two days.
An STF source said the Maoists are flush with funds they collect from mining companies in Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand through extortion and use the cash to get arms from the Manipur outfit.
The deal with Prepak, which is fighting for a separate and independent homeland, was struck around eight months ago after the leadership of both outfits agreed to help each other, Kanchan has told STF sleuths.
“The Maoists struck deals with Prepak as they are short of arms and ammunition after their suppliers were caught by police. The rebel group has enough funds that they squeeze out of mining companies,” said the source. The STF had arrested Kanchan, the Maoists’ Bengal chief, along with fellow state committee members Anil Ghosh alias Ajitda, Barun Sur alias Bidyut and Kalpana Maity alias Anu. Another ordinary party member, Bimal Mullick, was also held.
Kanchan denied any rift between Kishan, a politburo member of the CPI (Maoist) and the chief of its guerrilla wing, and the state committee. Kalpana has told police Kishan is in good health and now in a Chhattisgarh hideout.

 
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