Women Maoists pledge security to tribal girls
RANCHI: ‘Tribal girls who go to cities in search of jobs get raped in return and either come back home pregnant, or with babies and diseases,’ read a poster of the women’s wing of the CPI (Maoist) Nari Mukti Sangh (NMS), a frontal organization of the rebels. Some tribal girls are not fortunate enough to return home, instead their bodies arrive at their villages, read another poster.
The posters, recovered from Pitambar Mahato, alias Pritam alias Lambu, an aide of CPI sub-zonal commander, Kundan Pahan, said, “NMS will vow to ensure the safety of women during the International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8.” Mahato was arrested by district police on Thursday. The NMS women’s special programmes will continue till March 31 across the state. ‘If you support our movement and make it successful, it will result women emancipation,’ screamed another poster. Official figures suggest that crime against women continues to rise unchecked in Jharkhand.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, crime against women has grown from 2,490 cases in 2002 to 3,132 cases in 2011 in the state. NMS has claimed that government has not been able to do anything to check crimes against women. The posters, which also have details of atrocities on tribal women at the hands of CRPF and district police in Chhatisgrah, have been widely circulated. ”Unless Mahila Mukti Andolan (agitation to liberate women) is intensified, women will continue to be under attack,” the posters said. It has urged tribal women, labourers, women organizations, among others to support their cause. Instead of working to ensure safety of women, the police are working to arrest our cadre members, the posters seemed to suggest.
Comrade Shila, Namita, Akansha, Parshila, Shweta and several others have been arrested under false charges. Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh said the NMS celebrates International Women’s Day every year. “They always make such claims to brainwash the innocent villagers,” he added.
Two landmines recovered in Jharkhand
Ranchi, Feb 2 (IANS): Two landmines and explosives were recovered from Jharkhand’s Ramgarah district Saturday, police said. Police said a team, acting on a tip-off, raided a house in Ramgarh district and recovered two landmines weighing 10 kg and three kg. Police also recovered 10 detonators and some gelatin sticks from the house. No one was arrested; the owner of the house is absconding. Police suspect that the landmines and detonators were to be supplied to Maoists.
Dreaded Maoist gunned down in encounter: Police
Khunti: A Maoist of the infamous Kundan Pahan firing squad was on Friday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in the jungles of Khunti district. “Binda Pahan, a member of the Kundan Pahan group, was killed in the encounter near Huruwa village. His body has been recovered,” Superintendent of Police M Tamilvanan, who was leading the district and CRPF teams, said here. The other Maoists escaped to a nearby forest, he said, adding that a rifle was recovered from the spot. The encounter occurred after a tip off that the Maoists had planned to attack the house of a special police officer.
EXCLUSIVE: We can’t tolerate police informers, says Maoist commander
Jamui: Maoists rubbished allegation that they had demanded extortion in exchange for the seven laborers who were abducted from a bridge construction site in Bihar on January 26. They said they were opposing the construction of the bridge on Badaldih River and therefore, they carried off the seven men who were engaged in the work. “We can release the kidnapped men as the construction work has been stopped,” a Maoist commander told Dainik Bhaskar. He said all those who were held hostage are safe until the police take any action against the armed insurgents.
Accusing the police of targeting innocents in the name of Maoists, he said, “Poor villagers are being kept behind bars on false cases. The police must stop this.” When asked the bridge should not be constructed, he said they do not have any problem with this construction but some local influential people have made lakhs of rupees from the bridge contractor in the name of Maoists. “We had given clear instructions that until the guilty are indentified and arrested, the construction work will not start. But this instruction was ignored which forced us to abduct the laborers,” he said.
Koda said they never harm poor people. “Poor people and labourers are our brothers. But we don’t tolerate police informers,” he said. The labourers have also confirmed that they are safe and Maoists are taking care of them. Maoists carried off seven labourers at Badaldih village in Bihar’s Jamui district on the night of January 26. They had reportedly demanded an extortion of Rs 15 crore. The refusal to pay them resulted in the abduction of the labourers.
CRPF’s own UAV wing for anti-Naxal op soon
CRPF, the lead anti-Naxal force, is all set to raise its own UAV wing with a view to use live feed during operations against the ultras. The Union Home Ministry has asked the CRPF to formulate qualitative requirements (QRs) for procurement of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to meet the “emergent operational needs in anti-Naxal-affected areas”. Once the UAVs are procured, the paramilitary force will itself operate them. Presently, the UAVs of National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) are operated by Indian Air Force (IAF) officials from Hyderabad.
The CRPF has to depend on these two agencies for men and machines causing operational handicap. CRPF insiders said there is only one ground handling station for the operation of UAV and only one machine can be operationalised at one point in time. Besides, there is lack of coordination as the machines are owned by NTRO and the officers who fly them are from IAF. Imageries from UAV played a major role in rescue of an IAF chopper that was recently fired upon by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh, CRPF sources said.
At a recent review meeting of CRPF, Union Home Secretary RK Singh asked the paramilitary force to formulate the QRs keeping in mind the topography of the area of deployment, ceiling limits, payload, endurance and camera resolution among others in consultation with other paramilitary forces and expert agencies. Singh also asked the CRPF to get the UAVs with the latest technology in order to meet the operational requirements in Naxal-hit States.
At the meeting attended by CRPF DG Pranay Sahay and other paramilitary officials, Singh said, “UAV is an inescapable need for anti-Naxal operation in LWE-affected areas. Hence, our UAV plan should be such that we are not dependent on others.” Singh directed the CRPF to procure sufficient numbers of UAVs and suggested that these machines should be operated by the paramilitary forces themselves. CRPF officials told the Home Secretary that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has projected higher cost for the procurement of Skylark mini UAVs. Singh sought a meeting with CMD, HAL to resolve the issue of high cost quoted by the defence PSU over and above the import cost of procurement of UAV. The Ministry has already accorded expenditure sanction for purchase of two Skylark mini UAVs. A group of officials from CRPF and BSF are being detailed for training with the UAV wing of the NTRO.