’55 Maoist frontal organisations in Maharashtra’
The head of Maharashtra’s Anti-Naxal Operations (ANO) unit Mr.Shivaji
Bodkhe on Monday said that the Maoists’ network was spreading rapidly
in urban areas of the state and the Maoist movement was no more limited
to Gadchiroli and Gondia district.
“There is a perception that the Maoism is limited to only Gadchiroli
and Gondia district of Maharashtra. Many in the police department also
carry this perception. But this movement is not limited to tough and
dense terrains of forest areas. It is spreading rapidly in urban areas
through its frontal organizations. The police need to be alert and focus
on these urban frontal originations,” said Mr.Bodkhe, who is a Special
Inspector General (IG) of Police of the ANO.
He was addressing the trainee policemen at the ANO unit at Surabardi here.
“There are around 55 Maoist frontal organizations working in the
urban area of Maharashtra. The government has already declared them
frontal organizations. The Maoists have employed a double-pronged
strategy of fighting guerrilla warfare in forest areas and to create
unrest and dissatisfaction among the people against the government by
the means of protests,” the IG added.
He also claimed that the Maoists were carrying out “secret
propaganda” in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nadurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon and Nashik
areas of the state.
“We only know about the Maoist violence against the police in forest
areas and their opposition to the developmental works. But their frontal
originations have an altogether different modus operandi. Groups like
Kabir Kala Manch are trying to attract workers and students and are
trying to put them against the established system by teaching them about
Marx, Lenin and Mao,” claimed Mr.Bodhkhe.
The IG also called ‘Bharat Jan Andolan’, a network of grassroots
organizations founded by former IAS officer B.D.Sharma, a “Maoist
“It is important to collect information about these groups and take
some preventive action. Until now, the Maoists were trying to mislead
people of the areas which lacked in the communication network,
education, and development. Now they have shifted their focus on the
urban area. We are marching towards development, but the Maoists want
‘change of guard’ in the country through these frontal organizations. It
is the responsibility of the police to stop the youngsters who are
getting attracted towards this movement, to tell them about the
government’s developmental initiatives and to also warn them of the
danger of Maoism,” stated Mr.Bodkhe.