Odisha cops gain from fight between rival Maoist groups
It is a classic case of the third party reaping the benefit when the two others fight. And in this case, the third party, the Odisha police, are the gainer from the conflict between the two factions of the CPI(Maoist), feel security experts. The State’s benefit is evident from the declining rate of Leftwing Extremist (LWE) violence. The downtrend in the Maoist activities is, in fact, not only because of the effective action of the security forces but also due to the bitter fight between the warring factions of the ultras, they feel.
The second part of the year 2012 has been very encouraging for the police ever since the two Maoist factions began fighting with each other. The fissure in the extremists’ party reached such a point that it expelled Sabyasachi Panda from its fold. Panda has, meanwhile, formed another outfit named the Odisha Maovadi Party. But as a result of the breaking up of the Maoist outfit in the State, Panda’s group has become weak with many of his supporters surrendering before the police. The developments in the old Maoist party had its impact in other parts of the State and no fresh recruitment could be made due to different factors.
Many youth aspiring to become Maoists, of late, wondered that if Panda could be expelled, what would be their fate! They failed to get confidence that their future is secure in the outfit. The cadre members from Odisha feel that they have to work under the leadership of Telugu and Chhattishgadi or Jhadkhandi leaders though these leaders are known to be misbehaving with Odia youth. It was also seen several times that the Odisha police could get success with inputs from surrendered Maoists. Both the groups use to give inputs against each other resulting in an ultimate benefit for the police.
The situation in the Bansadhara Division of the Maoist party where Sabyasachi Panda once had adequate influence is now normal. There has been no major violence in the area because the Panda group has become weak. The ultras from other parts do not also prefer to operate in the Bansadhara area because of lack of proper leadership there. The other Maoist group will not be able to begin their activities unless Panda surrendered or is eliminated.Ultimately, the benefit goes to the Odisha police.
Massive combing operation in Koraput district
Security personnel have launched a massive combing operation at Narayanpatna area of Odisha’s Koraput district following intelligence inputs about the presence of top Maoist leaders from Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the region. Around 300 security men from forces like BSF and SOG are on the job since Wednesday. “A massive operation was launched.
Security personnel are being airdropped at specific locations for joint combing,” a senior police officer said. Maoist leaders Ram Krishna, Sukdev, Daya and Aruna are believed to be camping along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border to consolidate the organisation that has suffered a setback with the Maoist-backed Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS)
Maoists shoot dead two ‘deserters’ in Jharkhand
Two men, who quit the ranks of the CPI (Maoist) recently, were shot dead by the ultras in Garhwa district, police said today. A group of rebels dragged Jokhan Kharwar out of his house at Kasmar village in Ramkanda block and gunned him down last night, Deputy Superintendent of Police Sarwan Kumar told reporters here. In another incident, the Maoists shot dead Ashok Thakur at Chinia, he said.