Intel inputs suggest more Maoist attacks in state

RANCHI: The CPI (Maoist) is set to launch a major attack on security forces in Jharkhand in near future to regain the lost ground in the state.

Intelligence inputs available with Jharkhand police suggest that the central leadership of the Maoists have asked their men to launch a massive attack in Palamu and Singhbhum which once used to be their bastion. There have been two major attacks by the rebels in the past two months in which 24 security personnel were killed.

Jharkhand police spokesman R K Mallik said police have intelligence inputs of major attack by Maoists.

“In the past one year we have uprooted the Maoists from their bastions and Saranda jungle in West Singhbhum and Sarju region in Latehar from the Maoists. The two places were like their regional headquarters and after regular operations we have almost flushed them out. To regain the lost ground, the central leaders of the rebels have asked the members to be on a major offensive,” said Mallik adding that the security forces were ready to meet the challenge and commanding officers of all Maoist-hit areas had been asked to be on alert and be ready with their strategy.

He said this was a decisive point in the anti-Maoist operations and the security forces were not going to live them in peace. “We are against the policy of live and let live. This is evident from the number of Maoists related incidents in the state in the past three years. In 2011, there were 512 Maoist incidents, a marginal increase from 496 in 2010. This reaffirms our policy of hot pursuit against the rebels because had we followed the theory of peaceful co-existence, the number of incidents must have come down,” said Mallik.

On a question of rise in number of kangaroo courts in the state by the rebels in 2011, he said the incidents were on the rise when compared to 2009 and 2010. “There were 31 kangaroo courts against 15 each in 2009 and 2010. It was definitely less than what as reported in the newspapers recently,” said Mallik adding that newspaper reports had claimed that there were 53 kangaroo courts in 2011.

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