There is a split in the Maoist ranks in West Bengal - a division between the non-tribals and tribals. The former is engaged in actual armed action while the latter is in the leadership of the movement. The tribal leaders are unhappy with the dominance by `outsiders` and breaking away.
Since the Maoists started this campaign 15 years ago, this is the first time there has been such a division between the ranks. Marshall, a zonal leader is in conflict with Koteswar Rao, alias Kishanji and other non-tribal leaders. Marshall is notorious in West Bengal and wanted for one of the deadliest attacks in Bengal, the 2003 ambush of a police party in Bandwan. This divisional conflict is plaguing the Maoist party of West Bengal.