Maoist 'fronts' more dangerous than cadres: Govt to SC

Acknowledging that "there is no quick fix solution to the Maoist insurgency", the government, in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, has said that the 'frontal' organisations of CPI (Maoist), operating under the garb of human rights NGOs, have kept the Maoist movement alive and are more dangerous that armed cadres.

The Ministry of Home Affairs was responding to a notice issued by the apex court to it along with nine Naxal-affected states on a PIL seeking direction to governments to formulate a central policy to handle the menace.

The affidavit, filed by Daljit Singh Chawdhary, a director posted with the ministry, stated, "These 'mass organisations' ('frontal') are generally manned by ideologues, who include academicians and activists, fully committed to the party line. Such organisations ostensibly pursue human rights related issues and are also adept at using the legal processes of the Indian state to undermine and emasculate enforcement action by the security forces. They also attempt to malign the state institutions through propaganda and disinformation to further the cause of their 'revolution'."

The MHA stated that action needs to be taken to counter these 'frontal' groups. The ministry said, "The state governments are required to initiate legal action against the Maoist front organisations in towns and cities, which are the main source of recruitment of underground cadres and also disseminate the unconstitutional and violent Maoist ideology to vulnerable sections of the population. However, initiating legal proceedings against them has often resulted in negative publicity for the enforcement agencies due to the effective propaganda machinery of the CPI (Maoist)."

Despite the hurdles, the MHA said the government is "committed to combating this problem with all resources at its disposal". Rolling out the figures related to Naxal violence, the ministry stated, "Since 2001, Maoists have killed 5,969 civilians, often branding them as police informers, class enemies, etc. Their activities have cause serious impediments to the nation building process. Since 2006, Maoists have destroyed 1,936 development and infrastructure facilities. They have also kidnapped proactive and sincere district collectors to prevent development from reaching marginalised sections of the society."

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