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Maoists admit to biggest setback since 2005: ‘Lost 200 cadres last year’

Numerically, this is among the biggest losses the Maoists have suffered in recent years.

By: Express News Service | Raipur | Updated: July 29, 2014 8:31 am
Few days ago, Maoists had killed 15 police personnel in Chhattisgarh. It is probably the biggest loss since the Salwa Judum years of 2005-2006.

Beginning their annual “martyrs’ week” in Dandakaranya on Monday, the CPI(Maoist) admitted that they lost over 200 cadres, including a Central Committee member, in the last one year.

“In the last one year, we have lost over 200 of our leaders, members, People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army commanders and guerrilla fighters, leaders and members of people’s organisations, members of Jan Militia and revolutionary masses,” said a press release issued by the CPI(Maoist), South Regional Committee, Dandakaranya.

They died for their “dream to establish socialism and communism” in the country, it said, while adding that many had died due to natural causes, including Central Committee member Barun Dada and senior comrade Shaheeda Didi.

Numerically, this is among the biggest losses the Maoists have suffered in recent years, probably the biggest since the Salwa Judum years of 2005-2006.

At a Central Committee meeting headed by General Secretary Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathy last year, top leaders had admitted to their depleted weaponry and strength.

The Maoists hold the “martyrs’ week” in the memory of Charu Mazumdar, who spearheaded the Naxal movement in Naxalbari, West Bengal.

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up across the region in view of the “martyrs’ week”.

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  1. H
    Jul 29, 2014 at 2:05 am
    If there is any Maoist who is not brain-dead, here is what they should try and understand. Communist model has failed all over the world. The only successful so-called communist country is China. Even they are not really communists anymore. They are more like the United States today. Unless this is a money making venture for you and you don't really care about the young people you attract, indoctrinate and use as fodder for your "freedom fight", think about it and wind up your now defunct and flawed goal. Have some good people died earlier on in your struggle? I am sure you had some good souls who thought they were doing the right thing in the past. Given the ground realities today, your struggle is really not in the interest of the country anymore. You are hampering the development of the same people you claim to defend and represent.