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Indian Government’s Fear of “Maoist Menace”

Posted by Mike E on April 14, 2010

The wreckage of a military vehicle after a Maoist attack in Dantewada on April 6. With the massacre of 75 policemen in a jungle ambush, India's Maoists have shown they remain a potent national security threat despite a major four-month offensive to curb their operations.

Thanks to Green-Red for this suggestion. It originally appeared as part of AFP coverage (April 7).

India gropes for response to Maoist menace

NEW DELHI (AFP) – – With the massacre of 75 policemen in a jungle
ambush, India’s Maoists have shown they remain a potent national
security threat despite a major four-month offensive to curb their
operations.

Tuesday’s attack in a densely forested area of Chhattisgarh state was
the deadliest to date and is likely to embarrass the government, which
since late last year has been pursuing a concerted effort to flush the
rebels out.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram said he was shocked by the high casualty toll.

“This shows the savage nature of the Maoists — the brutality and
savagery which they are capable of,” he said.

The ambush again showcased the Maoists’ ability to strike in strength
and then melt back into their jungle hideouts before security
reinforcements arrive.

The insurgency, which started as a peasant uprising in 1967, has
spread to 20 of India’s 29 states and has been identified by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh as the number one threat to domestic security.

Little is known about the movement’s shadowy leadership based in the
central state of Chhattisgarh, or its cadre strength, which is
variously estimated at between 10,000 and 20,000.

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Nepal: Maoists Recruit Cadre for Defense Against Attacks

Posted by n3wday on April 14, 2010

Young Communist League Training

This article was published on My Republica.

Maoist ethnic combat force in east Nepal

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ITAHARI, April 3: The Limbuwan National Liberation Front (LNLF) affiliated to the UCPN (Maoist) has launched a drive to recruit youths for its semi-military structure Radical Young League of Limbuwan. The LNLF plans to deploy the combat force in the nine districts to the east of the Arun River.

According to sources, the LNLF recruited 60 youths from Itahari and 150 from Dharan recently. Similarly, a seven-member coordinator team has been formed in Prakashpur and Mahendranagar VDCs each. The youths are currently undergoing combat training.

LNLF has stated that it will form the forces in the 49 VDCs and three municipalities in the first phase.
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Nepal: Maoist Party Finalizes Merger after Year Long Preparation

Posted by n3wday on April 14, 2010

This article was published on The Himalayan Times.

UCPN-M, CPN-Unified roll into one

Last Updated : 2010-04-03 9:51 PM

Tika R Pradhan
KATHMANDU: Taking almost a year’s time to work out preparatory tasks, the two communist outfits — UCPN-Maoist and CPN-Unified—finally announced their merger amid a function held at Rastriya Sabha Griha in Kathmandu Saturday afternoon.

UCPN-Maoist, the largest political party in the House, and CPN-Unfied led by led by Navaraj Subedi formally proclaimed their unification in the presence of Nar Bahadur Karmacharya, the only surviving founding member of the Communist Party of Nepal.

Addressing the function, UCPN-M chairman PK Dahal said the unification bears special significance at a time when reactionary forces, both at home and from abroad, are trying to make off with the achievements of the people’s movement that triggered a paradigm shift in the Nepali politics.

The UCPN-Maoist chairman also expressed his resolve to go on a cleansing drive so as to keep the party from deviating from its original revolutionary ideals. Read the rest of this entry »

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