Ranchi: Facing a huge setback with the encounter of Maoist leader Kishenji in a gun battle with specialised security forces in Junglemahal region, the Communist Party of India (Maoists) has decided to strengthen their powers. The politburo members have finalised to appoint Orissa state secretary and central committee member of the organization, Sabyasachi Panda, as the new leader.

According to sources, in a meeting of central committee members including Kishneji’s brother Venugopal, West Bengal state secretary Aseem Mandal alias Akash and Kishanda, it was decided to reorganise Junglemahal Maoists by handing Panda the central leadership. The decision was taken in a meeting held at Gotshila forest in Junglemahal.

Panda, who had established People’s Liberation Front of India in Odisha, is considered to be the most ferocious Maoists leader. Sources say, the central committee has given full freedom to Panda for committing any violent activity.

In order to prove his presence, Panda has started formulating strategy to declare war against the government.

As informed by ASP Jamshedpur Rajeev Ranjan Singh, Maoist activity has increased in the state and security forces are constantly fighting against the insurgents.

It needs to be mentioned that during the anti-Naxal operation, security forces seized Panda’s laptop which provided crucial information about slain Kishenji.

Sources monitoring Maoists activity have informed that the group’s central leadership is upset with West Bengal secretary Aseem Mandal alias Akash for negligence in Kishenji security.

JPN/Bureau