Manipur’s rebel outfit, Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), Thursday claimed that they were the “strategic partners” with the CPI Maoist in Chhattisgarh.
The revelations comes two days (March 11) after the Maoist laid a deadly ambush in Sukma district, south Chhattisgarh killing 11 CRPF jawans and four Chhattisgarh district executive force personnel. A civilian was also killed in the cross-fire.
In a press release, RPF publicity secretary Roben Khuman claimed that the group was “strategic partners of the Maoist” in Chhattisgarh.
“RPF as a Strategic Partner thanked and congratulates CPI (Maoist) for successfully launching an attack on an enemy ROP that killed 20 personnel on March 11, 2014, at 10.15 in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh” Roben stated.
He said that the RPF “as a force fighting against India’s colonial occupation of a country can fully understand the suffering and fully support the correct revolutionary movement launched by the CPI (Maoist) for the liberation of the marginalized and to bring about equality in society. We wish success in all future endeavours of the CPI (Maoist)”.
Highly placed security sources said that there were reports of Maoist cadres being trained by Northeast insurgent outfits.
The well planned ambush killing 15 security personnel in Sukma and other ambushes carried out by the Maoist were clear indications that they (Maoist) were being highly trained by Northeast insurgents, sources added.
Meanwhile, RPF has also owned up the March 11 deadly ambush on a convoy of the 24 Assam Rifles in interior Chandel district of Manipur, saying that it was laid by PLA cadres, the armed wing of the rebel group.
RPF claimed that the outfit seized one each of AK-47, AR M1F41 along with three magazines containing 87 live rounds, INSAS LMG, INSAS rifle with two magazine containing 48 live rounds and a Motorola wireless set from the AR convoy. The ambush was laid by a group of PLA cadres selected from various units of the outfit under “Operation Leopard”, RPF stated.