Tuesday, July 2, 2013

MAOISTS AT THE GATE-Courtesy Mail Today



By Abhishek Bhalla in New Delhi

Intel inputs expose ultra- left infiltration of workers unions

Key front organisations wield influence in seven Delhi districts

IF YOU thought the Maoist uprising is confined to the faraway badlands of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, you’ve got another think coming.
Ultra- left organisations are steadily infiltrating labour unions and workers’ groups in Delhi and the National Capital Region, intelligence agencies say. Information gathered by these agencies suggests that Delhi is emerging as a major urban base of ultra left ideology.
Front organisations of the banned Communist Party of India ( Maoist) have let their members loose across the capital.
Many of their members are said to be active in Delhi’s satellite towns like Gurgaon and Ghaziabad.
Intelligence inputs indicate that the Maoists have the clearly defined objective of entering the workforce, becoming part of workers’ associations, and motivating them to carry out violent protests.
One of the groups active in the national capital region is the Revolutionary Democratic Front. Intelligence inputs indicate they have penetrated various social fora, trade unions and workers’ groups as well as bodies working for social empowerment.
Intelligence agencies have information that RDF has told its fraternal organisations to participate and lead in any retaliation against violence by dominant social classes. “ This is not like AISA, the student body of the CPI( M- L). Their level of involvement is much higher; they are more like a Maoist overground,” one Delhibased intelligence official says.
An intelligence report says that the group has “ resolved to launch a militant campaign against caste violence”. Of Delhi’s 11 districts, seven have a have strong ultra- left influence. They are Central, South, New Delhi, North- West, North, South- West and North- East. Sources say that the group has already developed a strong base in Delhi and the National Capital Region.
Intelligence inputs indicate activity by ultra- left groups in states like Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Sources say Maoist cadres from left- wing affected states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand are being regularly sent to Delhi.
The RDF is just one of such identified organisations.
“ There are several frontal organisations of CPI( Maoist) that have penetrated into unions, workers groups’ and organisations working in the social sector,” says a source.
Sources say the ultra- left cadres work in layers. The modus operandi of the group is aimed at provoking violence, starting from distributing pamphlets, distributing material related to Maoist ideology, holding rallies, and finally penetrating protests and triggering more violence.
Anand Kumar, Professor of Sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University says such inputs cannot be dismissed out of hand but it is imperative to find reasons for this. “ There needs to be engagement between policy makers, intelligence agencies and social scientists.
We need to know what a sufficient indicator for being ultra- left is,” he says.
The Maoist strategy of creating urban bases in cities was uncovered in Delhi with the arrest of Kobad Ghandy in 2009 on charges of spreading the ultra- left influence.
The presence of ultra- left groups and their active participation came to the forefront when Intelligence Bureau gathered information that left- wing extremist groups had entered the Maruti workers’ protests last year and instigated the workers to grievous violence.
There are intelligence inputs that ultra- left elements had even entered the Anna Hazare anti- corruption movement as well as the public protests after the Delhi gang rape case of December 16 last year.
“ These were instances where they instigated the mob. They have a planned strategy and there are inputs that they continue to do this,” said an intelligence officer.
abhishek. bhalla@ mailtoday. in
The Maoist strategy of creating urban bases in cities was uncovered in Delhi with the arrest of Kobad Ghandy in 2009
MAIL TODAY Comment
Reports that members of ultra- left organisations have infiltrated labour unions and other entities working at the ground level in the NCR are a cause for concern.
What this can lead to was more than evident in the unrest that rocked Maruti’s Manesar plant last year. With growing public discontent and income disparities providing a fertile breeding ground for ultra- left ideology, the state cannot afford to treat the issue with complacency.

INSTIGATING VIOLENCE

JULY 2012:
Members of the Revolutionary Democratic Front made inroads into the Maruti workers’ protests in Manesar. RDF cadres instigated the mob and triggered violent clashes. IB, in a secret note, called it a militant movement of factory workers. Protest after the violent clashes stalled work at the factory for a month
AUG. 2011:
The anti- corruption movement by Anna Hazare was also infiltrated by some ultra- left cadres. But they were not successful in instigating the mob to get violent barring a few stray incidents
DEC. 2012:
Protests after the Delhi gang rape of December 16. Some ultras found their way in to instigate raging tempers. There were violent clashes between the protesters and the police
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