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Sri Lankan rebels train Indian Maoist militants

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 16, IRNA
A leader of the Indian Maoist militants admitted for the first time that Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels trained them two decades.

The Maoists "learnt newer warfare tactics from the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) in 1986-87". The LTTE gave them training in producing and using landmines, nom de plume Azad admitted at a press conference called in a village in Bihar's Madhuban block, media reports said here Friday.

In 1986, the LTTE enjoyed sanctuaries in India but the next year it unleashed a war against the Indian troops deployed in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

Azad, however, insisted that the CPI-Maoist had no connections with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

But he admitted they enjoyed "good and close" ties with Nepalese Maoists.

The CPI-Maoist leader also vowed to step up their warfare and threatened to target banks and major industrial houses setting up industries by displacing tribals in mineral-rich states.

Such actions, Azad said, would take place in Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

He added the militants now operated factories to produce guns and mines in each state.

Several Indian states are affected by Maoist violence, which has shown an sharp increase since last year when the People's War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Center joined hands to set up the CPI-Maoist.

This was the first press meet organized by Maoists in recent years.


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