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Naxalites on mass recruitment drive

By K.M. Dayashankar

KARIMNAGAR, OCT. 20. The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has reportedly launched a campaign in the rural areas to strengthen its cadre from the grass-root level by constituting village committees with representations from all castes. Militants of the naxalite group have been entrusted with the job of constituting village committees. Naxalites belonging to the CPI (Maoist) have also revived its contacts with the surrendered naxalites and are planning to re-induct them into the party after a thorough screening, according to reports.Taking advantage of the truce period, naxalites have intensified their mass recruitment process in the interior villages of the district. Naxalites have revived its frontal organisations including Sikasa (Singareni Karmika Samakya), Akasa (RTC karmika samakya), RSU (Radical Students' Union), RYL (Radical Youth League) and Viplava Rythu Coolie Sangham.

The Sikasa, which faded out in the district in 2000, revived its activities in the Ramagundam coal belt region. It has put up banners and posters demanding implementation of wage revision for coal workers. Naxalites have also raised the issue of regularisation of the services of contract labourers in NTPC, Ramagumdam.

Martyrs' memorials

Naxalites have intensified their campaign in the rural areas by conducting meetings and building martyrs' memorials. In all, 17 martyrs' memorials have been constructed in various parts of the district. Surprisingly, naxalites are using the latest electronic gadgets of TV and CD players for the promotion of their party activities.

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