Maoists being trained in Nepal, Centre warns states

The Centre has warned all the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states of a turn in the fight against Naxalites — hundreds of Maoists being trained in Nepal by the People's Liberation Army of Nepal Maoists and being supervised by terrorists from Lashkar-e-Toiba.

In an October 5 letter to chief secretaries and DGPs of the eight LWE-affected states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, MP, Andhra Pradesh and UP, the Home Ministry (MHA) gave the details of the movement of Maoists from India to Nepal and vice-versa, and requested the respective state governments to be alert.

The MHA note, accessed by The Indian Express, says that on June 28 five Maoists from Andhra Pradesh who were led by Comrade Pankaj from Bihar crossed over to Malangwa in Nepal and joined 20 trainees undergoing training by the PLA. It also said it had information regarding 234 Maoists training in Nepal under supervision of Naxalite leaders like Vinod Gurung, Prakash Mahato, and LeT members like Latif Khan from Karachi and Razzaq Ansari.

"I am not aware of such things (training of Indian Maoists by Nepalese Maoists). But in any case we are on guard," state Home Secretary G D Gautama said.

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