Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Feb 17:
After a lull of nearly two years, Maoists have again become active in the dense Saranda forest along the Odisha-Jharkhand border.
According to intelligence reports from Jharkhand, they are enrolling poor minor boys from the nearby forest areas and giving them training on guerrilla warfare.
The minor boys are being trained by senior Maoist leaders from Chhattisgarh and West Bengal under the direct supervision of Nirbhaya who had escaped from Chaibasa jail Bihar two years ago and is now in charge of Chhotanagpur area.
According to senior Jharkhand police officials, these minor boys are also being taught the use of laptops, computers and high-end mobile phones.
Taking note of their quick learning skills and commitment, Maoist leaders are now trying to induct more minor boys to strengthen their organisation.
It may be mentioned that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, in association with Jharkhand and Odisha Police, had destroyed several Maoist camps inside Saranda forest in a series of combing operations in 2012.
After the death of top Maoist leader Kishenji in an encounter in West Bengal, Maoist outfits in Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal had weakened.
According to police, Maoist leader Samarji, who was in charge of the Saranda and Chotanagpur Divisions, is now in charge of SDS (Sundargarh, Deogarh and Sambalpur) Division and operating from Sambalpur area.