Naxals have close links with foreign Maoist groups

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Naxals have close links with foreign Maoist organisations in Philippines, Turkey and a few other countries and possibility of their front outfits getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out, Rajya Sabha was informed.

“The CPI (Maoist) have close links with foreign Maoist organisations in Philippines, Turkey etc. The outfit is also a member of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia. The Maoist parties of South Asian countries are members of this conglomerate,” Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said replying a written question.

The Minister said the recovery of arms and ammunition of foreign origin from Left Wing Extremists in different encounters is an indication of the fact that the outfit is procuring weapons from external sources.

Moreover, the possibility of some front organisations of the CPI (Maoist) clandestinely getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out.

“Inputs indicate that some senior cadres of the Communist Party of Philippines imparted training to the cadres of CPI (Maoist) in 2005 and 2011,” he said.

The LWE groups have participated in seminars conducted in Belgium and Germany. The so-called ‘People’s War’ being waged by the CPI(Maoist) against the Indian state has also drawn support from several Maoist fringe organisations located in Germany, France, Turkey, Italy etc.

Singh, however, said no specific intelligence inputs are available to indicate that the Naxals are getting financial assistance from external agencies or other countries.