TPC killing Maoists a sign of caste war: MHA

A week after 10 Maoists were killed by cadres of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee,one of the splinter groups of the CPI

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published: April 8, 2013 3:14:33 am

A week after 10 Maoists were killed by cadres of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee,one of the splinter groups of the CPI(Maoists),the Ministry of Home Affairs has said that the government is not taking their help to weaken the group’s presence in Jharkhand and Bihar.

A senior official said the Central security forces were not taking the help of TPC cadres to eliminate Maoists and the killings were a result of “caste war” between the two groups. While the TPC is dominated by Ghanju tribe and people belonging to the Scheduled Caste,the CPI(Maoists) mostly comprise Yadavs. “We do not encourage security forces to hobnob with another group and go on with the operations. The two groups have been engaged in turf wars for the past couple of years. There have been regular instances of Maoists killing TPC men. The recent incident was a show of strength by the TPC,” said an official. The Maoists killed by the TPC were first poisoned and then shot dead from a close range,the official said.

The CPI(Maoists) is headed by Prashant Bose alias Kishen da and Arvind Ji in Jharkhand. Officials said that as most of the polit bureau members or the top 20 cadres of CPI(Maoists) belonged to Andhra Pradesh,these two leaders have started their independent operations in the state. In 2004,the People’s War Group and Maoist Communist Centre of India merged to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist). “The interrogation report of a Maoist cadre arrested in Jharkhand mentioned Bose as the leader of the group and not Muppalla Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi,the number one leader of the group,as propagated by the group till a few years ago. There is definitely a division in the group,” said the official. A senior official explained that the planting of IED in the corpse of CRPF personnel killed during an encounter with the Maoists two months ago was masterminded by Arvind Ji to prove his “one upmanship” among cadres dominated by Andhra leaders.

Another official said that there was hardly any fresh propaganda by the Maoists; even the “party congress”,a regular event every five years,has not been held since 2012,and the various groups seem to have become autonomous.

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