Indian Maoists have links in Philippines: Indian Minister

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New Delhi:┬áIndian government said Maoists in India have “close links” with Maoist groups in the Philippines and Turkey, and even draw support from fringe organisations in countries such as Germany, France, Holland and Italy.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed the Lower house of parliament that there was no specific intelligence input to indicate that Maoists were getting external or foreign assistance.

“However, the CPI-Maoist party has close links with foreign Maoist organisations in the Philippines, Turkey etc. The outfit is also a member of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia,” he said.

“Besides, Left wing extremist groups have participated in conferences, seminars conducted in Belgium and Germany. The so-called people’s war being waged by the CPI-Maoist against the Indian state has also drawn support from several fringe Maoist organisations located in Germany, France, Holland, Turkey, Italy,”the minister said.

The minister said the recovery of arms and ammunition of foreign origin from Left-wing extremists in different incidents was an indication that they were procuring weapons from various sources.