Talking tough on the Maoist menace, the Centre today said action would be initiated against NGOs and organisations receiving funds legally from various sources and utilising it for anti-national activities.
A day after the government informed Parliament that some cadres of the banned CPI (Maoists) had received training from the Communist Party of Philippines, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said “if the source (of the funds) is illegal, then there has to be an enquiry”.
“If you take money legally and use for illegal activities, whenever necessary action will be initiated,” Rijiju told reporters outside the Parliament House.
He said the government’s response in Parliament was based on “the inputs which we received from IB (Intelligence Bureau).” “There are information with the Intelligence Bureau.
The statements (submitted) in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, these are based on the inputs which we received from IB,” he said.
Replying to a question about foreign funding to Naxal groups in India, Rijiju had informed Parliament that there was no specific intelligence input to indicate that Maoists or Naxalites were getting external or foreign assistance.
“However, the CPI (Maoists) party has close links with foreign Maoist organisations in the Philippines and Turkey.
The outfit is also a member of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and organisations of South Aisa…
“…the so-called People’s war being waged by CPI (Maoists) against the Indian state has also drawn support from several fringe Maoist organisations located in Germany, France, Holland, Turkey and Italy,” he had said in the reply.