By Steve Otto
In battle there are always ups and downs. The Indian government has thrown everything it has, militarily, at the insurgency of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). That movement, along with the Communist Party of the Philippines, are the most successful Maoist insurgencies in the world. Both parties are banned. And the reason is obvious—they have been successful. The governments in both countries have not been able to wipe those groups out despite throwing everything they have militarily at them.
The CPI (Maoist) may have lost an important leader. But that can happen during war. The entire worlds Maoist movements strongly support the CPI (Maoist).
According to The Indian Express news agency, Police are trying to verify if top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde was present at the encounter site of an ambush of Maoist guerrillas.
Teltumbde heads the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh zone of the banned CPI (Maoist).
We will have more on this as it unfolds.