//Hire young guns: Maoists' new mantra

Hire young guns: Maoists' new mantra


HYDERABAD: Perturbed over increasing surrenders and covert operations by the police, Maoists in the state have decided to take corrective measures at the recruitment stage.

The naxalite group plans to increase the party base at the ground level by recruiting students below 12 years. To attract this age group, the Maoists have decided to form 'Bala Sanghams' (students union). Simultaneously, it will increase student union activities in the colleges and universities.

In its political organisation review meetings held in different parts of the state, Maoist leaders felt the formation of Bala Sanghams would get them more committed members.

'Bala Sanghams' were formed on an experimental basis in Visakhapatnam agency area a couple of years ago and yielded good results.

Maoists selected the Visakhapatnam agency area as there are 108 social welfare and tribal welfare residential schools in the agency and about 18,000 students have been studying in those schools. Shivaji, a student from the agency area, was elevated to the position of deputy commander of Galikonda dalam in Andhra-Orissa Committee.

It is estimated that there are more than 5,000 militants and 800 armed cadre in the CPI (Maoists) party in the state alone.

But observation by the police was that most of the surrendered naxalites had only one or two years association with the party.

They surrendered to the police on the health grounds or fearing police encounters.

The party political organisation review meeting also decided to activate their students union activities in the colleges and universities.