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Maoists recruit in Barak Valley

Silchar, May 29: Recruitment by Maoists is continuing unabated in Barak Valley’s Cachar and Karimganj districts despite the arrest of their central committee member Anukul Chandra Naskar alias Paresh, 63, here on May 8.

According to intelligence sources, the red rebels are now focussing their energies on recruiting cadres from Cachar’s Borkhola and Karimganj’s Patherkandi blocks. The sources said the Maoists have so far drafted at least eight to 10 recruits in these areas during the past three months.

The sources said the recruiters were primarily focussing on tea tribe youths and other poor sections, including the indigenous Kaibarta community, of the state. These youths are being sent to Odisha and Bastar in Chhattisgarh for training.

Police sources said here today that a slew of pre-emptive steps had been initiated in a bid to counter the Maoist drive. The steps include beefing up of the intelligence network along with patrolling and raids in the sensitive areas.

Security sources said raids were conducted in Patherkandi and Borkhola blocks but no arrests were made.

Intelligence sources said Naskar’s job was to spread Maoist tentacles in Barak valley. But his entry into Cachar was reportedly revealed during interrogation of one of his comrades, Aklanta Rabha, who was arrested last month by Guwahati police near the Assam-Meghalaya border.

On Monday, chief minister Tarun Gogoi had assured the people that all possible steps would be taken to tackle the Maoist threat. “We will try to root out (the presence of Maoists),” the chief minister had said in Guwahati.