Bhubaneswar, March 4
Maoists in Odisha are understood to have faced serious leadership crisis as senior leaders show lethargy and lack of interest in organizing the activities. This has turned out to be a major concern for the Ultras.
With large scale operations taken up by security forces in the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) affected zones and over a dozen senior Ultras eliminated during last year, other senior cadres are feeling the heat and showing reluctance to lead the team, said sources in knowledge of the development.
Odisha State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) is now facing double whammy with loss of senior leaders and lack of recruitment of young cadres.
Senior leaders facing health issues and age related problems are leaving the forests and far flung forest zones, while opting for urban areas for their personal well being. As a result of which strength of the Maoist Organization is weakening and there is hardly any leader to take up the challenge, reveal senior IPS Officers engaged in anti-Maoist operations.
Odisha Police, Central Security Forces and Greyhound of Andhra Pradesh are targeting the senior cadres and they have been successful in eliminating to a large extent.
Due to joint operations, more and more senior cadre of Maoist are facing the heat, which is resulting as dampener and it is leading to weakening of the State Organization of the Ultras, he pointed out.
Odisha Police Chief Rajendra Prasad Sharma, who had prepared Action Plan and taking up the execution in the cut off areas after Gurupriya Bridge was opened, has weakened the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC).
Though this Organization is still active in Andhra-Odisha Border, its influence is dwindling fast due to loss of senior cadres, arms and ammunitions, said sources.
Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh has also turned out to be nightmare for the Maoist as it is specifically targeting senior leaders and elimination of these cadres have weakened the Maoist organization active in the neighboring areas of the State.
Apparently due to this development there is a perceptible decline in Maoist activities in the Red Corridor, and senior leaders are in no mood to reach out the young cadres.
Another issue, which is weakening the Maoist organization is that there is wide gap between senior cadres of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
As there is hardly any recruitment in Odisha, young cadres are roped in from Chhattisgarh, who have the language problem to deal with Telugu speaking cadres.
Apart from these issues, security forces are achieving noteworthy success in their anti-Maoist operations, which has resulted in death of 19 Maoists during last year. And security forces are recovering large amount of arms and ammunitions from these Ultras during the anti-Maoist operations.
While the Maoist organization in the State is fast weakening, the State government has started deploying efficient top cops in the LWE affected areas. Hyperactive IPS officer, Himanshu Lal, known for his aggressive approach is leading from the front as DIG in South Western Range, which is the hot bed of the Maoist. And this has boosted the morale of the State Police and District Voluntary Forces deployed in this region, admits a senior official.