Special forces hot on the trail of central regional bureau

VISAKHAPATNAM: Aided by vital inputs from AP’s Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) following the arrest of Maoist central technical committee chief Sadanala Ramakrishna alias Santosh in Kolkata, security forces is hot on the trail of the Central Regional Bureau (CRB) members.

CRB, which is the main guiding force of Maoist cadres, is also the pivot around which the party runs its military operations and guerrilla warfare against the security forces in various parts of the country. Highly placed sources said the belief among the security forces is that they would be in a position to check the Maoist menace if they tear down CRB.

The cops have cracked almost all the main regional bureaus of Maoists and decimated them but found it tough to penetrate the CRB bastion. Sources said the security forces and intelligence wings like SIB have been trying to break CRB for the last seven years but could not succeed as CRB leaders rarely step out of their stronghold in Chhattisgarh. As of now only central committee (CC) leaders and polit bureau (PB) members have fallen into the SIB net.

Apart from ‘netting’ Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji, several top CC and PB leaders were lured into the covert operations of SIB as the Maoist party suffered several reverses in the recent past. More than 10 top leaders are serving jail terms. “Once we sneak into the CRB network, it becomes easier for us to track down the core group of leaders, including their secretary general Ganapathi,” a senior IPS officer told TOI on condition of anonymity.

CRB has in its ranks top leaders like chief Katakam Sudarsan alias Anand, military head Tipparthi Tirupati alias Devji, secretary of Dandakaranya special zonal committee (DKSZC) Kadari Satyanarayana Reddy alias Kosa, DK in-charge Mallojula Venugopal alias Bhupathi, who is brother of slain leader Kishenji, and spokesperson Gudsa Usendi. Officers say that CRB is the main hurdle for the security forces to enter Abujmad, the military nerve centre of Maoists in Chhattisgarh. “It is very important for us to break CRB’s network. Even if we get a single channel, we will ride roughshod on the rebels,” a senior officer involved in anti-insurgency activities told TOI.

Despite losing ground in north Telangana SZC and AP state committee, CRB is very strong in DKSZC and Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB). CRB led the massacre operations at Errabore and Chintalnar in Chhattisgarh in which 56 SPOs and 74 CRPF cops were killed.

In fact, the morale of the elite Greyhounds hit a new low when CRB men ambushed and killed 34 personnel of Greyhounds at Balimela four years ago. “If we succeed in smashing the CRB network, then the war with Maoists is as good as over,” an IPS officer observed.

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