Police seize huge cache of arms from Maoist camp in Malkangiri
KORAPUT: A huge cache of arms and Red belongings were recovered by CRPF and Odisha Police personnel from a Maoist camp in Malkangiri district on Tuesday. The Maoists had set up a temporary camp in a forested area near Sarkubandha. “Around 10 to 12 rebels were present in the camp during our raid. However, spotting the securitymen, they fled and there was no exchange of fire,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh.
At least eight guns, four detonators, four metres of codex wire, a camera flash, one digital electronic multi-meter, cloth, medicines and Maoist literature were seized. For the past few days, there was an increase in Maoist movement on the other side of Balimela reservoir. It was suspected that the Red rebels might be planning some major offensives on Republic Day.
The other-side of Balimela reservoir known as “cut-off” area is a Maoist hot bed. Surrounded by water from three sides and having land connectivity with Andhra Pradesh, the area provides a free passage to Red rebels. “We can’t rule out the presence of some top Maoist leaders in the area. Police are on alert and counter insurgency operations have been intensified,” the SP said.
The seizure folowed police intensifying combing operations against the Red outlaws in different parts of the state.
Maoist bid attempted to set mobile towers on fire
BERHAMPUR: Suspected Maoists attempted to set afire two towers of private telecom companies at Ganjam’s Ashurabandh village, about 100km from here, in the wee hours of Monday. Police recovered two hand-written posters from the spot. They had dumped cycle tyres around the towers and set these on fire. “But the towers have not been damaged,” said SP (Ganjam) Ashish Singh. Senior police officers along with forces rushed to the spot.
Police to seek custody five held for Maoist links Alappuzha
(Ker), Jan 1 (PTI)Police has sought custody of five persons arrested from Mavelikara near here last week for suspected links with Maoists. Gopal, a former scientist of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, was among the five arrested, police sources said. They were arrested for allegedly holding a “secret” meeting in a lodge in Mavelikara on Saturday and remanded to judicial custody after producing before the CJM there.
Maoists trying to exploit lull in militancy
GUWAHATI, Dec 30 –Though the Maoist rebels are lying low for some time, the threat cannot be overlooked as they are trying to take advantage of the vacuum created by a number of militant outfits of Assam, which have come forward for solving their problems through talks. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Central agencies are keeping a close watch on the situation in Assam and other parts of the region.
Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told The Assam Tribune that militarily, the Maoists are keeping a low profile in the entire country, but according to information available, they are more active in organizing themselves after suffering major setbacks and they are also trying to expand and strengthen their bases. Same is the case in Assam as after suffering major setbacks, the Maoist rebels are keeping a low profile, but the threat perception cannot be overlooked.
Apart from the arrests of key members by the police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the year 2012, the expansion plan of the Maoists in the North East also suffered a major jolt with the killing of senior leader Kishenji alias Koteswar Rao in West Bengal and it is believed that the Maoist leader was killed just after returning from Assam. The snapping of the links between the Maoists and PLA of Manipur following arrests of key members of both the groups by the NIA also affected the expansion plan in the region. Sources said that the Maoists would definitely try to take advantage of the vacuum created by the fact that majority of the militant groups are now talking with the Government.
The Maoists need political space to expand their bases and Assam now provides them with a number of political issues like anti-mega dam agitations, problems of the tea tribes, tribal issues, miseries of the flood and erosion affected people, etc and the Government and the security agencies would have to keep a close watch on the situation to prevent the expansion plan of the Maoist rebels. Sources pointed out that wherever there are vibrant and active militant groups, the Maoists try to ally with “nationalist forces” and that is how they established their contacts with the PLA of Manipur.
The Maoists also managed to establish contacts with the NSCN (I-M) and senior leaders of the Naga outfit even visited Maoist camps in other parts of the country to discuss the possibility of sending trainers to train up Maoist cadres. However, the main reason for the links with the PLA was to procure weapons, sources added. Sources further revealed that the Maoists have not been able to hold its Central committee meeting for more than a year to plan strategies for expansion in the North East region. There is one person from Assam in the Central committee of the Maoists and the last meeting of the committee was held in February, 2011, sources added.
Reds kill abducted Gaya villager
GAYA: The Maoists killed Kishori Das of Kasthiniya village under Dumaria police station area of Gaya district. He was kidnapped from his village on Monday. Das’s body was recovered on Tuesday morning near Dumaria police station. There were two gunshot injuries on his body. Owning the killing, Lalesh (assumed name), a member of the Bihar regional committee of CPI(Maoist), said the slain villager was a police informer and was instrumental in the arrest of several ‘innocent’ persons.
According to Lalesh, they intensively quizzed Das who revealed the names of several other informers. The Maoists will also ‘punish’ the other informers, he said. He, however, refused to divulge the police informers’ names revealed by Das. Lalesh claimed that Das also provided vital information of much use to the Maoists in their ongoing battle with the police force and other government agencies. Confirming the villager’s killing, officiating SP Akhtar Hussain said the body had been sent for postmortem and police operation was going on in the area.
The Maoist leader also alleged that the police disrupted the ‘shradh’ rituals of his grandmother held in Chando village of Barachatti police station area of the district on Monday. More than a dozen persons visiting the village to participate in the shradh rituals were picked up by the police, Lalesh said. He said the ‘repressive police action’ against his family members would not deter him from doing justice to the downtrodden.
Additional 10,000 paramilitary troops to be inducted into counter-Red grid
NEW DELHI: Enthused by the “lowest levels of Maoist violence recorded since 2001”, the Centre has decided to tactically induct 10,000 more Central paramilitary troops into the counter-Naxal grid during the first quarter of this year with the larger aim of limiting Naxal domination to the jungles of Bastar in Chhattisgarh, Odisha and parts of Jharkhand. According to senior MHA officials, the majority of these additional security forces — duly trained in jungle warfare — will be inducted in Bihar and Jharkhand. “The idea is to constrict the arc of Naxal influence to the tri-junction of south Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand, thus ending the CPI (Maoist)’s long-cherished dream of a Red corridor from `Pashupati to Tirupati,'” a senior MHA official told TOI.
The 1,387 incidents and 411 deaths on account of Left-wing extremist violence last year (upto December 25) — as compared to 1,760 incidents and 611 deaths in 2011 – are being cited by the Central security establishment to claim the virtual decimation of Maoists in West Bengal (with only six incidents and no deaths) and their fast dwindling influence in Bihar, where violence parameters are down by almost 50%. Jharkhand, having recorded 462 incidents and 160 deaths until December 15, 2012, has overtaken Chhattisgarh that witnessed 358 incidents and 107 deaths in the corresponding period.
However, MHA officials claimed that the increased violence in Jharkhand was mainly on account of Maoist fronts like the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) and Tritiya Prastuti Committee, and not the CPI (Maoist) alone. Even though violence is up in Andhra Pradesh, the high number of Naxalites’ arrests (309 as compared to 138 in 2011) and surrenders (296 as compared to 221), MHA officials claim, indicate the continued domination of counter-Naxal forces at the operational level. Odisha remains a source of worry, having recorded 168 incidents and 45 deaths (until December 15, 2012) as compared to 187 incidents and 53 deaths in 2011. The BSF companies deployed in Odisha hotspots like Malkangiri will continue their efforts to contain the Maoists there.
Though the Central security establishment sees the falling indices of Maoist violence as a morale-booster, they are wary of celebrating just yet, as the lower Naxal activity could be part of a “tactical retreat”. It is to guard against this that the MHA has decided to step up paramilitary presence further in the Naxal-infested areas, besides instructing the security forces already deployed there not to get complacent and continue their area domination exercises.
Naxals kill sarpanch in Bijapur district
Raipur:A sarpanch of Mankeli village in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh was allegedly stabbed to death by Naxals on Wednesday, police said. “Budhram (45) was stabbed to death by four Naxalites with sharp weapons in Nayapara locality of Bijapur district headquarter,” SP Prashant Agrawal told PTI.
According to police, the ultras, dressed in school uniforms, attacked Budharam when he was taking a walk outside his house in Bijapur town, the administrative headquarter of Bijapur district, around 350 km from here. Budhram had shifted to Bijapur from Mankeli after Salwa Judum, a movement aimed at countering naxalites in the region, was started there, Agrawal said.
‘Area commander’ among 3 Naxalites held
Sasaram: Three Maoists, including a self-styled area commander have been arrested from a village in Bihar’s Rohtas district, police said. On a tip-off about Naxalites assembling at a house, police conducted raid Wednesday night and arrested three of them including the self-styled area commander Mohan Paswan, Superintendent of Police Manu Mahajan said.
The other two have been identified as Ranjit Paswan and Kedar Rawani, the SP said, adding the area commander is an accused in more than 50 incidents triggered by outlawed Naxalite outfit. He was absconding for the past 10 years. The raiding police team recovered huge quantity of Naxal literature and pamphlets relating to demand for levy, the SP said.