Kopa heading Naxals’ urban network in state
NAGPUR: A senior Andhra Pradesh-based cadre of Maoists is learnt to have taken charge of their urban networks in Maharashtra. The security agencies have come across information that the cadre, identified as Kopa, has been entrusted to improve Naxal base in the urban centres around the guerrilla’s command areas in jungles and remote places. Kopa has been often reported addressing meetings along with a woman having short tresses. The security agencies have started trailing him since his activities started coming to fore towards the end of last year at a village in Gondia.
Tech-savvy Kopa travels with a laptop and other gadgets for communication. There is confusion about Kopa’s identity too. A section of the security forces believe dreaded cadre Thakkalppali Wasudevrao, alias Asanna, has now resurfaced as Kopa. Others think he may be someone else as party may not put someone like Asanna, being a central action team member, into organizational work after gathering so much experience in the attacks unless he is ill or injured. It has come to fore that Kopa has been shifting bases fast and is constantly travelling across the state.
Cornered Naxals form ‘joint company’ to take on security forces
NAGPUR: Depleted strength and increasing pressure from security forces, which have been bolstered after deployment of fast-adapting central paramilitary force ( CPMF), has compelled the Naxals’ Maharashtra state committee to undertake a merger to form a ‘Joint Company’ as a counter strategy.
Senior sources from anti-Naxal forces pointed out that the rebels have amalgamated Platoons A (no. 55) and B (no. 56), active in Gondia-Balaghat-North Gadchiroli regions, to create a company having 45 armed guerrillas. They have christened the new outfit as ‘Joint Company’. It is learnt, Gondia-based Darekasa Dalam, whose strength has dwindled, too has merged with the newly-formed company.
A reliable source said the ‘Joint Company’ takes support from Korchi-Kurkheda-Khobramenda (KKK) local organisational squad (LOS) during its north Gadchiroli operations. Each dalam of Korchi, Kurkheda and Khobramenda (KKK) too is suffering due to inadequate members. It is learnt, paramilitary forces in Gadchiroli and Gondia in Maharashtra, entire Chhattisgarh and Balaghat region in Madhya Pradesh have stepped up their operations against the Naxals.
After initial hiccups following deployment in 2010, the forces have started aggressive offensives against Naxals and are regularly combing the interiors and the borders with the help of the state security units. Though they have suffered casualties and injuries, the forces have given no respite to Naxals, particularly in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. According to a senior official, the Naxals had to take a strategy decision to counter the paramilitary forces who have been regularly combing the interiors and the state borders with the local forces. ”
The Naxals have started feeling jittery in the face of increased onslaughts from the security forces. The number of surrenders in Chhattisgarh has increased now. Feeds are coming from several Naxals who want to join the mainstream under the surrender policy,” said a senior official. Following revelations made by Naxals who have laid down arms, it has also come to fore that the rift between different state cadres has triggered dissatisfaction among the rank and the file.
Many of the Andhra Pradesh-based cadres have fallen out with their counterparts in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. “The infighting have dealt a severe blow to the movement as many of the dalam members have lost interest in the party’s work,” said a top official. He also added that Maharashtra’s senior cadre Diwakar, who had taken part in several top guerrilla operations, was shot dead due to this infighting. “The rift has led to decrease in the number of armed cadres and other administrative difficulties for the Naxals. This has also reason behind them combining their strengths,” said the official.
Maoist expansion plans in NE suffer setback
GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – The expansion plan of the Maoist rebels in Assam and other parts of the North East region received a major blow with the arrest of Alok Bakshi, a cen- tral committee member of the Maoist rebels. Highly placed security sources told The Assam Trib-une that Bakshi, who hails from West Bengal, was arrest-ed in Visakhapattanam by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) with the help of Andhra Pradesh police.
Sources said that the NIA has received per-mission from the Court to bring the arrested Maoist leader to Assam for questioning in connection with the else relating to the links between the Maoist rebels and Manipur based militant outfit People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Sources said that of late, Bakshi was made in charge of the expansion plan of the Mao-ists in Assam and he was monitoring the situation.
According to information available with the security agencies, the arrested Maoist leader had visited Assam on several occasions to oversee the operations of the Maoists in Assam. Sources said that the date of bringing the Maoist leader to Assam is yet to be ascertained but he is likely to be brought here soon. Apart from the Maoist-PLA links, questioning of Bakshi is likely to reveal vi-tal information about the action plan of the Maoists to ex-pand bases in Assam and oth-er parts of the region. It may be mentioned here that the NIA has already filed two charge sheets in connection with the case relating to Maoist-PLA links and six persons including Pallab Borbora, who was arrested from Golaghat, was named, iri the charge sheets. The NIA charge sheets pointed out that the Maoist rebels came into an agreement with the PLA to procure Chinese weapons and communication sets. Though two charge sheets have been filed in connection with the case, the investigation has not been closed and more arrests are likely. www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=jan1713/at092