Maoists resort to recruitment drive in Kolhan

Jamshedpur: The banned outfit CPI-Maoist has embarked on a drive to connect with Mundas, Gram Pradhans and `Dakuas’ (village messengers) seeking their support for an aggressive recruitment drive  of youngsters, including girls to join the outfit in Kolhan.

Recently the naxal outfit has also resorted to posters campaigning in support of the recruitment drive at Sarjamburu located CPI-Maoist rebels resort to aggressive recruitment drive as their influence starts to wane in West Singhbhum. The ultras have also delivered letters to the village and block level naxal operatives for making the drive effectively successful. The Maoists have started a similar drive in East Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharasawan too.

Revealing about the development, a police official said that after naxal activities had almost been eliminated in Saranda, the rebel leadership had changed their strategy and were trying to regain their position in the tribal-dominated West Singhbhum district and Seraikela Kharswan.

The official confirmed the rebel outfit to have started an aggressive recruitment drive in the district for the first time. ” We have recovered several hand-written letters that have been sent to the Mundas, Gram Pradhans and Dakua beside the local operatives of the outlawed organisation by a top naxal leader,  Prashant Bose, polit bureau member of the CPI-Maoist,” he said.

 The top leadership wants an aggressive recruitment drive as the credibility and influence of the outfit has started to wane among the tribal populace.

Meanwhile the official said: “The ultras have become aggressive after three young lady naxals were killed in a police encounter in Chirungbari in Goelkera in April this year. For the first time we had got the bodies of the three lady naxals identified and delivered them at their parents’ houses which had become a shocking issue for villagers”.

He said in the letter which was written in Hindi, Prashant Bose who carries a reward of Rs one crore on his head has asked the village functionaries as well as the subordinate cadres of the outfit to convince both the parents as well as their children time and again to join the outfit.

For resetting their foot in the rebel-infested areas, the activists have started luring youths, several of them school-going to join the outfit in the name of making them a young army.

The police and paramilitary forces are also creating an awareness drive among the tribals so that no outsiders may intrude into their house to lure their children to join the rebel outfit.

Another senior official informed that several companies of CRPF have been deployed in the Naxal infested areas. Search operation is being carried out in the villages.  “Though no breakthrough has been achieved so far but the enhanced security will help us to keep vigil on movements of ultras,” he noted.

Source: The Avenue Mail


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