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Old 26-Jun-2010
Special Naxal squads to target politicians

New Delhi, June 25

After a spate of attacks on security forces, the Maoists are now raising specially trained small teams to eliminate leaders of various political parties across the country.

The central committee of the CPI (Maoist) at a recent meeting has decided to raise “action teams” in all states dominated by them to target political leaders and workers, a Home Ministry official said quoting intelligence inputs.

He said the Naxals were planning to launch the attack in both rural and semi-urban areas in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

“Apprehending threat, many political leaders in the areas dominated by the Maoists have started resigning from their respective political parties,” the official said. Besides, the policy-making body of the CPI (Maoist) also directed its cadres to target any vehicle used by security personnel even if civilians travel along with them, he said.

According to a government estimate, there are 34 districts in the country, which are seriously affected by the Naxal menace.

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