The Maoists are trying to rebuild and strengthen their urban network across the country, sources informed the Indianexpress.com.
“Following a strong crackdown on their urban leadership during the Bhima-Koregaon conflict in 2018, the Maoists began to rebuild their urban networks and seven members of the CPI (Maoist) central committee were delegated to implement the plan,” the sources revealed.
“The Maoists have already reorganized their networks in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Delhi and Kolkata, among other cities. They appointed organizers in urban areas and held regular Zoom meetings to discuss and implement the agenda, ”they added.
The sources said: “The Maoists are trying to tap into the social and community divide caused by caste politics and religion. They are trying to gain the support of members of the working class, Dalits and minorities, especially Muslims. The rebels want to radicalize young people and already have a strong network in the best universities in Delhi and Kolkata.
The sources also revealed that the Maoists planned to employ guerrilla tactics in the cities. “What is alarming, however, is that they plan to use guerrilla tactics on a massive scale by developing an urban militia. They are trying to infiltrate government intelligence apparatuses and believe the time has come to capitalize on the grievances arising from Hindutva policies, ”they said.
“If the authorities fail to grasp the seriousness of the Maoist’s urban plan in time, then our cities could suffer the same type of violence as the red zones in the jungle,” the sources warned.
“The other great Maoist plan is to set up a coordination network between like-minded groups in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. They want to facilitate the free movement of left-wing extremists in these territories and exchange arms, ammunition and information, ”sources said.
The sources said it was part of an effort to restore an arrangement like the South Asian Maoist Parties and Organizations Coordinating Committee, which all but disappeared after the outbreak of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah called a meeting of chief ministers of all Maoist-affected states in New Delhi on September 26. noted.
He added, “The meeting will discuss general issues facing these states, such as interstate operations and coordination issues. The meeting is growing in importance in light of the fact that it is being held after a hiatus of about three years.
Notably, all the states affected by the Maoists are now governed by non-BJP parties or coalitions. When asked if it made a difference, the manager replied, “Not exactly, but it’s still a very key factor.”