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Maoists make presence felt

- Trademark poster campaign launched in Merapani town

Jorhat, Oct. 16: Maoists have adopted one of their trademark styles to make their presence felt in Assam by launching a poster campaign in Merapani town along the Assam-Nagaland border in adjoining Golaghat district.

This is for the first time that Left wing extremists have sought cooperation from the indigenous people of Assam through posters in their “revolution” against the central and the state governments.

Police sources said posters in Assamese written in red ink were found in many areas of Merapani town and also in a few remote villages in the last two days. The posters put up during late nights were removed by the police early in the morning.

Sources said the posters having the heading janoni (notice) state the aims and objectives of formation of the Maoist outfits in the state. They want to dismantle the unholy nexus between the “capitalist forces and power brokers”, who in collusion with the government and its “force of goons” were “carrying out exploitation of the Assamese community”.

The posters said multinational companies, too, were given red carpet welcome to operate in the state to “loot and exploit the native Assamese people”.

Issuing a warning to the people not to collaborate with the government and its stooges in their effort to bring down the revolution launched by them (Maoists), the notices said severe punishment, including death penalty, will be meted out to persons who will be found involved in such activities.

Sources said there were intelligence reports about Maoists trying to get a foothold in the state especially in the backward and remote areas along Assam’s boundaries with its neighbouring states.

Besides Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts, Left wing extremists are also targeting Merapani in recent times.

In May this year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested one Pallab Borbora, owner of a private school at Merapani and a former office-bearer of state-based human rights group, for his alleged links with Maoists. Two Maoist cadres hailing from Tinsukia and Lakhimpur districts were arrested by the police in July this year.

Superintendent of police, Golaghat, R.A. Lashkar, told this correspondent that an investigation was on to find out whether it was the Maoists’ work or somebody playing mischief.

“We are looking into all possible angles. Maoist cadres may have done it or their sympathisers could be involved,” the SP said.

He said there was no specific intelligence report of Maoists selecting Merapani for expanding their organisation. The general intelligence report, however, said the Maoists have plans to expand their base in Assam.