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Maoists target industry units

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 27, 2007

Documents recovered from extremists use encryption techniques and code names for cities to camouflage info

Documents recovered from senior Communist Party of India (Maoist) office bearers Sridhar Srinivasan and Vernon Gonsalves have revealed a deep-seated plan to target industrial facilities in the state.

The Naxalites' efforts are part of a grand strategy to mobilise a section of the discontented population, especially industry workers. The Maoist top leadership has also decided to re-direct the course of their movement by aiming at heightened 'mobilisations' around industrial establishments and simultaneously indulging in disruption strategies.

The documents identify major towns in the state and code-named them by the name of fruits. According to intelligence officials, mango may be associated with Mumbai, while tamarind and date could have been used to pinpoint Nashik and Nagpur. Some other similar metaphors are also used by the Naxalites to address Thane, Pune, Aurangabad and Malegaon.

Sources in the state anti-Naxalite unit told DNA that the documents showed simple encryption techniques used by the ultras to camouflage information.

"Codified messages and encryption are information operations which are part of the bigger clandestine warfare the Naxalites are set to wage at the many urban centres across the country," said additional director general of police (anti-Naxalite operations) Pankaj Gupta.

It is learnt that the Maoists have also planning to disband the Urban Study Group, which they had set up 4-5 years back to make city forays. 

Incidentally, the pen drive obtained from Arun Ferreira — the arrested Bandra-based Naxalite operative — contained information about how the Mumbai dabbawalas operated seamlessly within a systemic framework.

However, the content of the documents assume more significance in the wake of the high-profile visit to Naxalite-violence affected areas — of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand Orissa and Maharashtra — by Cabinet secretary KM Chandrashekhar and ML Kumawat special secretary (internal security) with the Ministry of Home Affairs sometime next month.

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