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Updated: May 25, 2012 12:16 IST

Desperation drives Maoists to terrorism, says CRPF chief

S. Vijay Kumar
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K. Vijayakumar. File Photo: N. Sridharan
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K. Vijayakumar. File Photo: N. Sridharan

‘Abducting high-value assets gives them publicity and that is what they want now'

On the edge of losing conventional tactics like ‘arms struggle', Maoists in the Red Corridor are resorting to acts of terrorism like causing explosions and abducting high-value assets, Central Reserve Police Fore (CRPF) Director-General K. Vijay Kumar said on Sunday.

“Under constant pressure from security agencies, Maoists feel highly disturbed and dislocated from their strongholds. They are on the verge of losing the protracted war. It is no more a viable proposition for them. Absolutely desperate, they are resorting to acts of terrorism. Abducting high-value assets and causing explosions consistently give wide publicity and that is what they want now,” he told this correspondent over telephone.

Referring to Saturday's abduction of Alex Paul Menon, Mr. Vijay Kumar said efforts were on to secure the safe release of the “popular” Collector of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh. “Senior CRPF officials are also coordinating with the State government. By kidnapping the Collector and others, the Maoists are trying to show that they are in command. They are doing this consistently … but this kind of propaganda will not sustain.”

Agreeing that there was a spurt in Maoist activities in the recent past, Mr. Vijay Kumar said the CRPF was working in close coordination with the State governments and maintaining constant pressure on the Naxals. “They are causing explosions using improvised explosive devices. At least 75 per cent of those who died in Naxal attacks in the recent months were victims of explosions. Since threatened in their own place by security personnel, they are taking to alternative ways of retaliation.”

Asked about reports of Maoists trying to establish a base in the southern States including Tamil Nadu, he said their attempts to gain a foothold and create a ‘South-West Command' had failed. “They have not been successful in Tamil Nadu though they did try something in Karnataka. Repeated attempts to penetrate to the grassroots in these States have not yielded any result owing to high level of surveillance by the law-enforcing agencies,” he added.

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The difference between Maoists philosophy and that of our Communists is the 'Gun', both want to establish an egalitarian society. Maoists have so far never harmed any 'Neta of repute' but killed so many ordinary people and lower rank policemen. The solution is political and therefore all Maoists must be released and discussion process should start immediately at central level in order to find a proper solution. How best to utilise the services of these disgruntled elements is a big challenge to any government, worth pondering?

from:  Vyas
Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 at 19:14 IST

You guys ( CRPF and other para military ) are employed and getting paid only because of the acts of Maoists like elements. So you need to secretely thanks to their desperation. If there is no organisation to terrorise the people, and all of them are law abiding good citizen; then thousands of people who are working in CRPF and other units will lose their job. I believe there is a political solution for Maosits issue and it can be resolved if politicians work honestly. We don't want a war based economy. at the end of the day we are all India Citizens.

from:  Jamshid Thalassery
Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 at 17:06 IST

the young IAS officers honest & undeliberate working for poor in the jungle areas creating the abduction for maoists very easy.almost every civil servant is in the kidnap list of maoists in these naxals districts.until green hunt goes down we expect these abductions from any part of country who are serving the districts without proper intimations to High rank IPS officers.

from:  vardhan
Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 at 16:06 IST

I am sick of the enlightened views of people in ivory towers about the "desperate"Maoists. When will these dignitaries take some concrete action against the ever increasing abductions and murders ?

from:  P.S.Arunachalam
Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 at 12:22 IST

Abduction of Sukma District Collector is a launch pad for CRPF and other security agency's retaliation.

During CRPF DGP Mr.K.Vijaya Kumar's tenure to curb Naxal & Maoists, this abduction is unbelievable.

I appeal both Central & State Government to cooperate with civil service officials and take necessary steps to release the Collector.

Following that my suggestion is that handling of situations by security agencies must be professional and not to be terrorizing.

from:  CSA Shankar
Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 at 12:16 IST
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