Maoists Continue to Establish Strong Bases in Assam and Meghalaya

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Maoists have established strong bases in Assam and Meghalaya and continued their recruitment drive in the two north eastern Indian states.

A top maoist leader,Aklanta Rabha, alias Maheshji, said this on Friday, before media in Guwahati when he was questioned before a local court.

“The left wing extremists have been setting up bases in several districts of Assam and Garo hills of Meghalaya in recent times,” the maoist leader said.

Guwahati city police arrested Aklanta Rabha and Siraj Rabha in the Jorabat area, on the outskirts of Guwahati on April 26.

The maoist leader said that the red rebels were linked with several outfit groups in the region.

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Tarun Gogoi, Assam’s Chief Minister, 2013

Police produced five left wing extremists including Anukul Chandra Naskar before the local court on Friday.

Assam police arrested at least nine maoist cadres from different parts of the state in the past six weeks.

A top Assam police official said that recently, the left wing extremists set up at least three transit camps in Assam and Meghalaya, with the help of two outfit groups.

“One of the three transit camps was set up along Assam-Meghalaya border, where the left wing extremists had given basic training and ideology of maoism to local youths,” the top police official said.

Recently, the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the state government were informed about the maoist cadres’ presence in nine districts of the state.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.