Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: The disclosures to the police made by the senior Maoist leader, Venkatesh Reddy alias Deepak, underscore the nexus between the Maoists and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, Mohammed Salim, member of the central committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said here on Friday.

Deepak — who was arrested on March 2 — has reportedly indicated to interrogators his outfit's links with the Trinamool in Nandigram and Khejuri — scenes of intermittent violence over much of 2007. He revealed that the Trinamool had provided the Maoists with arms and they, in turn, trained party activists in the use of firearms.

Deepak is also believed to have been behind planning a violent movement against the setting up of a nuclear power plant in Haripur, a project the Trinamool is opposed to.

“This is part of the design of the Trinamool to obstruct development in the State the way they did in Singur,” Mr. Salim said.

Though the Trinamool is part of the government at the Centre, it was opposing the decision on joint security operations to flush out Maoists, he pointed out. The operations started in the Lalgarh area in June 2009.

‘Garnering sympathy'

“They [Trinamool] are trying to garner sympathy for the Maoists, who are being provided logistics and ground support by them,” Mr. Salim said. “While the Maoists are an underground group engaged in guerrilla warfare, the Trinamool Congress is creating a conducive atmosphere [for the ultras to operate] out in the open.”

Mr. Salim also condemned the killings of CPI (M) workers in the “Trinamool-Maoist nexus” almost every day, pointing out that a local leader of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (a youth organisation of the CPI-M) was murdered on Thursday in the Belpahari area of Paschim Medinipur district by suspected Maoists.

The violence unleashed by Maoists and Trinamool activists on CPI (M) and other Left workers will be highlighted at a rally by the Left parties in Delhi on March 12.