Cracks develop in Maoist outfit
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
Sept. 3: Cracks have reportedly developed in the local Bansadhara committee of the Maoist forces following alleged involvement of some “minority” community cadres in the August 23 killing of Swami Laxamanand Saraswati and his four disciples at Jalespata ashram in Orissa’s Kandhamal district.
According to intelligence reports, the “secular” cadres in the unit are in no mood to forgive some of their “unfaithful” cadres who “violated the secular principle” of the organisation and sided with a few local Christian leader to execute the murder conspiracy on August 23.
Similarly, the cadres belonging to the minority community are also equally angry with the local people who attacked prayer houses and damaged Christian households in the aftermath of the seer’s murder.
These cadres held a praja court (public hearing) at Chandragiri on Saturday and imposed a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh on the residents of Chandragiri.
Unable to bear such kind of behaviour by the “influential” minority cadres, three “secular” cadres — Anand, Ramesh and Sabita — have quit the Bansadhara committee in protest, the intelligence report added.
The reports said that after executing the murder plan, the Maoists had safely returned to their hideout in Chandragiri forest.
The use of AK-47 and SLR rifles had led to the police to suspect Maoists hands in the killing of the seer.
Soon after the incident, the Kotagarh unit of the CPI(ML) had sent a letter to media houses saying that some of its “unfaithful” cadres were lured away to kill Swami Laxmanand Saraswati.
Meanwhile, Paharia Group, the organisation which had served threat letter to Swami Laxmanand 24 hours before he was murdered, on Wednesday circulated leaflets warning people of the majority community to meet the fate of the slain seer if they dared to attack churches and prayer houses.