Centre's apprehensions of a Maoist onslaught have increased after the seizure of a secret document of CPI (Maoist) by security forces that spells out details of its two-pronged strategy to disrupt the forthcoming general elections slated to be held in April-May.
Senior officials of security forces say the Maoists have chosen election time to carry out spectacular attacks to instil faith back in their cadres that has taken a severe beating in the recent times after the security forces tightened their grip, especially in the Dandakaranya region and also by way of surrender by several of their top commanders at zonal and area levels.
"We fear that the condition would be quiet serious in Jharkhand as the political leadership there cannot be trusted and may indulge in taking the help of Maoists during elections. A central team will leave for Jharkhand soon to take a stock of the situation and plan counter-strategy accordingly," said a senior security official.
An intelligence note states that on the military front, the outfit plans to target political leaders and security forces. It has directed its cadres to make all logistic arrangements, including collecting explosives to carry out violence.
The note further says that the military commission of the CPI (Maoist) has identified targets among political leaders, particularly of Congress, BJP and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha. Their plan includes targeting of vehicles engaged in electioneering, selective elimination (like Jiramghati massacre) and abduction of political leaders.
Officials claimed that questioning of Gudsa Usendi, surrendered official spokesperson of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal committee, also indicate CPI (Maoist) plan to take advantage of a rather thin and dispersed deployment of the security forces during parliamentary elections.
"A thing that is weighing on the minds of Maoists is their failure to carry out poll boycott during the recently held assembly polls in Chhattisgarh that saw heavy polling even in extremely Maoist affected district.
They don't want a repetition in general elections as it would take away their fear from the minds of people and would do everything possible," said an official.