Naxals 'recruiting' SC/ST students in urban areas
Vivek Deshpande Posted online: Mon Jan 03 2011, 10:01 hrs
Nagpur : As Naxalites shift focus from rural to urban and semi-urban
areas, investigations reveal that for the past two years, the outlaws
have started concentrating on students' hostels and slums in towns and
cities, including Mumbai.
Targeting mainly young Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe teenagers,
they have already started recruiting them into their dalams (squads),
Between 10 and 15 hostellers from Chandrapur city and slum dwellers
from Mumbai, including 3-4 girls, have already been recruited, sources
said. The information came to light during the interrogation of some
senior Naxals arrested recently in Vidarbha, sources said.
The Indian Express had last month reported about the Naxal plan to
recruit youths from urban areas.
"While most are from backward class students' hostels in Chandrapur,
some were picked up from Mumbai slums," sources said.
"They attended a lecture on Marx, Lenin and Mao's philosophy at a
remote place in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh, delivered by
state committee members, including senior cadre Milind Teltumbdein,"
"It's easy to lure these fellows when they are young... They are first
inducted into front organisations and then slowly indoctrinated before
being recruited into dalams," sources said.
Some students belonging to a local organisation in Chandrapur were
apprehended a few years ago. "Some of these new recruits actually
belonged to this organisation that had come under the scanner then,"
Some recruits are from Wani area of Yavatmal.
"The Naxals have started focusing on students' hostels in places such
as Rajura, Brahmapuri, Mul, Saoli and Nagbhid in Chandrapur district
and Wani in Yavatmal," sources said.
The sources said the parents of the boys and girls have no idea that
their children are being trained and recruited as members of the Naxal
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