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Maoist scare in Haryana
Gurmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Intelligence agencies have warned against the spread of Maoist movement in Haryana. The mushrooming of various frontal organisations in Jind, Kaithal, Kurukshetra Yamunanagar, Hisar, Rohtak and Sonepat districts in the recent past has set off alarm bells.

Citing recent intelligence inputs, sources said this development came to light during the investigation of the incident in Ghaso Khurd village in Jind, where firearms were used in a clash between two communities on September 21.

Activists from one community were taking out a torchlight procession in Ghaso Khurd, which was resisted by people belonging to another community. It was on the same day the CPI (Maoist) completed one year of its formation.

Sources said a detailed report along with a list of front organisations of the CPI (Maoist), including details of their office-bearers and activities, has been sent to the Haryana Chief Minister.

In fact, while speaking to reporters in Jind after a public function yesterday, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda categorically stated that Maoism would not be allowed to grow its roots in the state.

The report, according to sources, states that Maoists appear to have chosen to engineer caste conflicts as a part of their strategy to further their movement in Haryana and are attempting to do so by choosing soft targets like Dalits, labour class and students.

These communities, according to sources, have been chosen because the middle class in Haryana is reasonably strong and the number of landless and poor is comparatively poor than in other states like Andhra, Bihar and Orissa.

Besides raking up issues like burning of a few houses, they also stage plays about revolutionaries, to exploit the emotions of the youth.

Sources said the report has cautioned the state agencies that though the Maoist movement is still in a nascent stage in Haryana, its activities need to be kept under a careful watch.

In the backdrop of the Gohana incident in October, where some youngsters reacted violently to the Ghaso Khurd incident, intelligence reports state that some organisations had held a function in Gohana on September 28, ostensibly to install a bust of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. About 500 persons had gathered at the function, in which 12 rounds were fired from a double barrel gun as a mark of respect to Shaheed Bhagat Singh before dispersal.

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