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Maoists 'admit' to Pakistani links

Maoists 'admit' to Pakistani links

Author: IANS
Publication: MSN.co.in
Date: January 10, 2005
URL: http://autofeed.msn.co.in/pandorav3/output/News/8f7a356b-9c34-4ea6-bd05-e1a2a55fd885.aspx

Two Maoist leaders of Chhattisgarh have claimed that they received arms from foreign militant groups, mainly those in Pakistan.

The "admission" by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leaders comes in the wake of Chhattisgarh Home Minister Brij Mohan Agarwal's charge Sunday that Maoists used Pakistani and Britain-made bullets for killing three state police personnel in Sarguja district on Saturday.

Maoist commandoes Kosa and Aaytu told reporters Sunday in a hideout in the state's southern Dantewada forests, about 420 km from state capital Raipur, that they exchange notes with Pakistani militants on methods of war and accept modern weapons from Pakistan.

Kosa said: "The way we made a base in Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and have been progressing in Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, we will be able to capture 30-35 percent of India by 2010."

The Maoist stronghold in these areas was due to local support, he said at the press meet organised by Maoist leaders ahead of the three-phased assembly polls in Chhattisgarh Jan 14.

Aaytu said: "The police or the army cannot compete with us as we take care of the locals' daily problems and are equipped with modern weapons."

The CPI-Maoist has called for a poll boycott in Chhattisgarh.

The police have little jurisdiction over some areas in villages of the state's Bastar region, including Kanker and Dantewada districts.

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