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Left-wing rebels approaching LTTE, ULFA for arms procurement

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 9, IRNA
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Left-wing extremists are spreading their presence to as many as 22 states with the maoists even approaching banned groups like LTTE and ULFA for arms procurement, an intelligence report has claimed.

The report, submitted to the Union Home Ministry, said maoists were aiming at "liberating" 35 per cent of country's territory by the end of next year, PTI reported here quoting official sources.

Thirty-nine Left-wing extremist groups are operating in the country with underground sympathizers and armed cadre active in 15 states while overground supporters exist in seven states, it said.

Throwing light on the funding and arms procurement policy of naxals, the report said the underground groups are in touch with certain militant groups like ULFA in Assam and LTTE in Sri Lanka for procurement of arms and explosives.

The maoists have no presence only in six states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim, Goa and Himachal Pradesh, the report said.

"Having links with militant groups does not mean that they are colluding with them to carry out attacks. They are having links with the militant groups for procurement of arms," an official said.

Outlining the naxal strategy and goals, the report said the groups plan to possess 35 per cent of country's land as "liberated area" by the end of next year.

It also said while there are over 20,000 underground maoist activists in the country and nearly 50,000 overground members, more than a lakh naxal sympathizers and supporters are working in various frontal organizations.

Recently, the Centre had given the nod for setting up of a 10,000- strong Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) to tackle naxalism.

According to sources, the government is also formulating a plan to deploy specially-trained personnel in six states, mostly in the worst- affected areas.

The new force under the command of CRPF is likely to be deployed in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, official sources said.

While worst-hit Chhattisgarh will get three battalions (nearly 3,000 personnel), Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh will get two each and Orissa, Maharashtra and Bihar will get one battalion each.

The sources said the deployment is being planned in such a manner that the force could also function easily in nearby states where the COBRA will not have a presence initially.


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