Friday, September 14, 2007

Stop using mobiles, CPI-Maoist tells its cadres

Ranchi, Sep 14 (IANS) Perturbed by the rising of number of arrests of its leaders, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has issued a directive to its cadres not to use mobile phones.

File photograph of Maoists arrested in a raid conducted by Patna police in 2006.

The Bihar and Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC) issued the directive to its cadres early this month.

On Sep 9, the police destroyed a CPI-Maoist bunker in the Saranda forest of Chaibasa district. The police recovered two mobile phones and many incriminating documents.

The mobile phone records helped the police find out the number of Maoist leaders in the area. It also revealed the calls made to non-members in various walks of life.

'Do not use mobile phones as it has caused the arrest of our leaders. Find out other methods of passing messages to leaders and cadres,' the directive said.

It further said 'do not make calls on the mobile phones of leaders as it can land them in trouble'. It also asked the party members to strengthen their messenger system.

A spokesperson of the rebels, who calls himself Lal Chingari, admitted that the use of mobile phones has been working against the Maoists.

'We developed a system to intercept the mobile calls of Maoist rebels. The interception helped us to arrest many Maoist leaders. We were successful in the arrest of leaders such as Nathuni Mistry and Madan ji in the recent past,' said a police official involved in anti-Maoist operations.

'Phone records also helped us to trace their links with the white collared people,' the official said, referring to people contacted by the Maoists.

Maoist rebels are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. Nearly 950 persons including 284 security personnel have been killed in the last six years in Maoist-related violence.

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