Srinagar :  The top leaders of the Naxals have directed the cadres to carry out attacks on security forces as a retaliatory action against the arrest of Delhi University professor GN Saibaba for his alleged Maoist links, the Home Ministry has said.

In an advisory to nine Naxal-affected states, the ministry said the CPI (Maoist), while publicly denying that Saibaba was a senior member of the organisation, had instructed its armed cadres, especially in Dandakaranya region, to carry out retaliatory strike against security forces.

Besides, the CPI (Maoist) has requested certain pro-Naxal activists and academics to undertake agitations in Delhi and other places for his release and some workers have contacted Maoist sympathisers in the media to write articles highlighting Saibaba’s physical disability and portray police investigation in bad light, the advisory said.

Quoting fresh intelligence inputs which suggested that the top leadership of CPI(Maoist) is “extremely perturbed” by the recent arrest of the Delhi University teacher, the Home Ministry said security forces should exercise utmost vigilance and guard against possible IED attacks during the next few weeks.

Underground Naxal cadres are likely to carry out aggressive and coordinated activities to pressure the government on the issue of Saibaba’s arrest and launch a propaganda campaign through its sympathisers on the need to release “political prisoners”.

“In the light of the above intelligence inputs, it is suggested that the state governments may keep strict vigil over the matter and take necessary preventive measures,” the ministry’s advisory said. The advisory has been sent to Naxal-hit Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, MP, Maharashtra, Orissa, UP and West Bengal.   — PTI

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