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GJM has hired foreign Maoists for armed rebellion, say WB govt officials

The GJM leadership has, however, refuted the allegations that it was taking help from Maoists

Press Trust of India  |  Darjeeling 

GJM supporters, Gorkhaland protest
GJM supporters hold a rally demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland in Siliguri on Tuesday. Photo: pti

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) is preparing for a prolonged underground armed movement for a separate state and has hired from neighbouring countries as mercenaries to train its cadres, according to senior officials.

"We have inputs from intelligence agencies that from neighbouring countries have been hired by the And it may target properties and senior police and administrative officials so as to further aggravate the situation," ADG (and order) Anuj Sharma told PTI.

The leadership has, however, refuted as "completely baseless" the allegations that it was taking help from

"These are completely baseless statements. These statements are being made to malign us and derail the democratic movement," general secretary Roshan Giri said.

A senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the has hired 25-30 mercenaries to train its cadres.

"The has a huge cache of arms and ammunition. They have stockpiled arms for the last few years. And we have intelligence reports that they are preparing for underground armed movement in the hills," said the official.

Another senior official said the is "prepared for any situation and steps are being taken to tackle any sort of armed struggle".

In the last 38 days of the indefinite shutdown, there has been several instances of attack on police stations and outposts.

Arms and ammunition were also looted, a trademark of movement.

After receiving the intelligence inputs, the state has sent for several top IPS officers, including those who have wide experience in countering Maoist menace in the Junglemahal areas of Bengal from 2009-2012.

Senior IPS officer Manoj Verma, who has vast experience in countering insurgency in district from 2009-2011 and later on in counter insurgency force, has been posted as IG Several other mid-level officers of the counter insurgency force have also been sent to the hills to tackle the situation.

According to the police, the is training its cadres in the guise of its "peacekeeping" outfit Personnel (GLP).

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First Published: Sun, July 23 2017. 11:13 IST