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40,000 trained as Maoists in 10 years: RTI In the past 10 years, Communist Party of India (Maoists) organised as many as 489 training camps for more than 40,000 cadres who have been taught about the use of sophisticated weapons and guerrilla warfare, according to information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The revelations are significant as in the recent months several attacks on security personnel have been carried out by Maoists. These very 40,000 cadres have been trained over the years for such deadly attacks. The original number of cadres trained could be much higher as this is just the data which MHA has recorded. The information provided by MHA under RTI shows that while there was a year-on-year increase in the number of training camps – from 16 in 2004 to 93 in 2010, thereafter the numbers decreased to five in 2014. While ministry officials are attributing the decrease to the success of Operation Green Hunt, Maoist experts claim that the rebels are shifting the districts of the training camps and thus the forces are not able to find out about the camps. Read More: 40,000 trained as Maoists in 10 years: RTI | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
Reported by Alok KN Mishra in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 17 Sept 2013 Maoists take RTI route for extortion - The Times of India [h=1]Maoists take RTI route for extortion [/h]RANCHI: The Maoists in Jharkhand are using proxies to file Right to Information applications to gather details about government projects in order to target businessmen and contractors for extortion. Cops have recovered RTI documents from a training camp of the People's Liberation Front of India, once a faction of the CPI(Maoist), in Torpa forests, which have details of 30-odd government projects under Khunti district rural development agency, with names of contractors and estimated costs. "The Maoists use RTI documents as proof of a contractor's worth and then extort the 'due amount' from them," said Khunti SP M Tamil Vanan, who made the last such seizure on September 8. They usually demand between 10% to 30% of profit margins, said the police adding that they have resorted to such tactics in the past as well. "In the last two years, I have come across four such RTI documents with Maoists and their sympathisers," said Vanan. Last month, the rebels had beheaded some contractors in Gumla when they refused to pay. "RTI applications from rural areas revolve mostly around government tenders. Applicants want to know who has been awarded tenders and what is the cost of the tender?" said Jharkhand's chief information commissioner D K Sinha. The government is bound by laws to provide such information, he added. Documents recovered from an insurgent camp revealed how the rebels have organized themselves, said the police, adding that they maintain records of their targets. The information is segregated according to zones, sub-zones and areas, and the Maoists deploy armed cadres for collection of levy. "They must have deployed some white collar supporters to file RTI in this particular case (in Khunti). I will get it investigated," said Ranchi zone IG M S Bhatia. Bokaro IG M L Meena said misuse of RTI by Maoists could be happening. Police occasionally come across documents with details of contractors and their targets at rebel camps, he said. Latehar SP Michael S Raj was also not surprised to learn about the RTI route taken by Maoists. "In the past too we've recovered similar documents," said Raj.