The violent clash between CPI (Maoist) and its splinter group Tritya Prastuti Samiti (TPS) in Jharkhand resulting in death of three top Maoist left leaders has bolstered the hopes of security forces to make deep forays into Maoist strongholds in Bihar and Jharkhand.
Viewing the new development keenly, official sources in security forces dealing with Left Wing Extremism (LWE) said the clashes and the resultant losses has broken the Maoist hold on Jharkhand and Bihar corridor that works in their favour.
“This corridor was giving unhindered access to the Maoists to move their cadres and previously in many cases when we launched offensive in Jharkhand, the Maoist managed to give us a slip by shifting to Bihar. Now, hopefully we will be able to seal this getaway route forcing them to engage in fight,” said sources.
The security forces are now planning to move more forces in the region to exploit the situation by laying siege to Jamui and Gaya districts in Bihar and Chatra in Jharkhand.
The violent clash between TPS, a splinter group of Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) that was against its merger with the People’s War Group (PWG) and form CPI (Maoist) resulted in 10 deaths, including three top leaders — Lalesh Yadav alias Prashant, state secretary (Madhya zone, Bihar Regional Committee) and a very close aide of Latehar encounter leader and CPI (Maoist) Politburo Arvindji, Dharmendra Yadav alias Veeru, member of sub-zonal committee of Eastern Palamu zone and Jai Kumar Yadav, a platoon commander.
Sub-zonal committee member Prafulla is also suspected to be among the dead. TPC area commander Ajayji, however, has claimed killing 15 Maoists and taking 10 other as hostage which is yet to be confirmed.