Joint anti-Naxal ops lose sting, says IB report

A year after the launch of a much-touted joint operation against the Maoists, intelligence reports paint a grim picture about the state of affairs. It shows the Red Brigade’s plan to “intensify and consolidate” its violent movement by taking newer areas in its stride.

The security forces, according to an intelligence report, have not been able to achieve “enough attrition” in the Maoist ranks even as the ultras are looking at the Northeast insurgent groups to get support in terms of arms supplies. As many as 95 districts have registered incidents of Naxal violence of which 80 per cent incidents are from 24 districts in six States.

The Intelligence Bureau has expressed concern over the spread of Naxal violence to newer areas and accretion in military capabilities of the CPI(Maoist), which has significantly impacted the security situation in several States.

The Central Para-Military Forces, meanwhile, have revisited the strategies, including re-training of the personnel in jungle warfare, which have enabled them to strike at Naxal strongholds.

“Of late, there has been an overall decrease in the level of Naxal violence but there appears no respite from casualties afflicted on security forces. Acquisition of additional weaponry and other war material also remained a prime focus of the CPI (Maoist),” says a report on assessment of the Naxal violence in the country, adding that these developments indicated the future remains quite challenging as far as the dealing with Maoist violence is concerned

Jharkhand remained the worst affected State followed by Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Odisha. However, a significant fall was observed in Naxal violence in West Bengal but new areas in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Assam showed incipient ultra-Left extremism.

The report further warns that the recent efforts by the CPI(Maoist) to make forays into Upper Assam areas has been a worrying development.

The People Front of India, a conglomeration of militant outfits from South India, is also trying to develop links with the banned the CPI(Maoist) that is spearheading Naxal violence across the States.

“Although there was no sign of support by the Maoist Government of Nepal to Maoist movement in India, such a possibility cannot be ruled out, which could create a problem for India. Maoists were looking at Northeast insurgent groups to get support in terms of arms supply etc. However, the situation could become dangerous for India if China decided to get involved in Nepal,” added the report.
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