NAXALITES may try to carry out major subversive activities during the monsoon session of the legislature beginning in Nagpur from July 4. “We have intelligence inputs that they might carry out some activities to attract attention during the monsoon session,” said a senior police officer. “In the rainy season, the Naxals generally keep quiet since movement in the forest becomes difficult… This time, however, they are under pressure to do something due to the tremendous setback they have received due to death of their 40 cadres in the twin police operations of April 23 and 24,” the officer said.
Last year, ahead of the winter session of the legislature in Nagpur, Naxals had set fire to over 80 vehicles, mostly trucks, used to ferry iron ore from the Surjagad mine of the Llyod Metals company. For the first time, the second capital of the state is hosting the monsoon session.
“The Naxals do carry out assessment of their performance in the region. Debacles are also assessed and responsibility fixed. In this case, in-charge of the South Gadchiroli division of the CPI (Maoist), Narmada, is under pressure to show some results…,” the officer said.
On the possible action, the officer said, “It could be a mass attack on a police post in the interior. They may come in a gathering of over 100. But we have much better firepower and manpower at every post… They will not be successful.”
Asked about the post-April 23 thinking in the Naxal camp, the officer said: “What we gather is that they are advised to avoid public contact since they have suffered due to a very pin-pointed information about the location and timing of their movement in the twin police operations. So, they are wary of undertaking any major activity without changing strategies.”