Real time intelligence imp for anti-Naxal ops success: Govt
Ranchi: The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday stressed on the availability of real time intelligence to para military forces for maximum success in anti-Maoist operations. “What is more necessary is to get real time intelligence and information in combating the Maoists as the CRPF personnel (deployed in Jharkhand) are from outside, and they work on intelligence inputs,” Minister of State for Home Affairs R P N Singh told reporters here.
CRPF’s intelligence-based movement deep into forests should be accurate and local police alone can make their movement successful with real time intelligence, minimising the casualty to security forces, he said. Singh said coordination between CRPF and local police is there but it require further improvement.
“We have discussed on all aspects during our meeting in Ranchi today where officials from both the state and the union home ministry and the CRPF DGP were present…The most important thing is, the local police network should be strengthened,” Singh said. Stating that development projects should be sped up, especially in Maoist-affected areas, Singh regretted that only 15 per cent funds earmarked for road work have been spent so far. PTI
Home ministry convenes meeting of Naxal-affected States
New Delhi, Feb. 19: The Home Ministry has convened a meeting of top police and civil officials of Maoist-affected States on Wednesday to review anti-Naxal operations and improve the efficacy of the strategies. Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh will take part in the meeting during which in-depth deliberations will be held on the security situation in the ’Red Corridor’ and development initiatives.
Sources said the meeting would deliberate on the issue of coordination among State and central police forces and decide on a strategy to tackle Naxals who are known to flee from one State to another after committing a crime.
3 Porattam activists held
The police on Monday arrested three activists of ‘Porattam’, a Left radical outfit, on charges of possession and distribution of Maoist propaganda materials. Porattam north zone council convener M Usman, joint convener P P Shantolal and Vinod were taken into custody by the Mananthavady police on Monday evening.
Earlier, the police had denied them the permission to hold a public meeting in connection with the ‘Martyrdom Day’ of Naxal Varghese, on Monday. Meanwhile, the CPI(ML) Red Flag organised a meeting to observe the death anniversary of the slain Naxal leader in Mananthavady town under the presence of the police. Party leader P C Unnichekkan inaugurated the meeting. In the morning, the party leaders visited ‘Varghese para’ at Koombarakuli near Thirunelli, where he was shot dead on February 8, 1970, to pay their tributes. The police, on Friday, had arrested Porattam Gopalan for allegedly distributing pro-Maoist posters in and around Pulpally.
State mulls special force to counter Maoist threat
The state is contemplating creation of a special contingent of the state police by imparting special training to combat the infiltration of Maoists in the state, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan informed the Assembly on Monday. Replying to a submission presented by Benny Behanan (Cong), the Minister said that it was a fact that Maoist groups were trying to broaden their influence on the Karnataka-Kerala border. It has also come to the notice of the government that the groups had made it a point to reinforce itself on the occasion of the death anniversary dates of Naxal Varghese and Jogi, who was killed in the Muthanga action, he said.
The Minister said that all precautionary measures had been taken to contain the threat posed by Maoist groups. A combined zonal mechanism for Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is sharing information and co-ordinating counter measures to face the threat, he added. Steps to bring down their influence in border areas of Kerala with Karnataka is also pursued by addressing the needs of the local population from a socio-economic-political perspective, he said. Thiruvanchoor said that the charge that the arms in nine police stations in the Kannur area had been shifted is over projected.
‘’There is no let up in the exercise to strengthen police stations in the area. Only excess arms have been shifted,’’ he said, countering the allegation of former Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. Presenting the submission, Benny Behanan had pointed out that the state had effectively dealt with the Naxalite uprising in the 70s. But people in the state have strong doubts and fears when reports of increasing Maoist presence is pouring in. ‘’There is a congenial socio-economic atmosphere and a political ground for the spreading of activities of such groups now in the state. The government should take all mainstream political parties in the state into confidence to counter the threat,’’ he opined.
Maoist threat rises at Coal India Chord in absence of railway security
Daltonganj: The Coal India Chord (CIC) section, East Central Railway, between Phusro railway station and Garhwa Road junction remains unpatrolled by Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) despite earlier incidents of Maoist attacks, railway sources in Daltonganj said. Two companies of RPSF were sent to Gujarat early in December 2012 for the assembly elections in the state and were expected to return by December 22. However, the personnel were assigned duties at Mahakumbh mela in Allahabad after the Gujarat polls were over and are expected to be there till March 10.
Before their deployment to Gujarat, the personnel were on duty at Patratu and Daltonganj railway stations. Pankaj Prakash, an inspector of the Railway Protection Force, confirmed that two companies of RPSF have not returned to the CIC section and will likely be back after March 10 once the Mahakumbh ends. On asking why they were sent away without a backup at CIC section, which is exposed to Maoist attacks, Prakash said the decision was taken by higher railway officials.
“We are doing it with all our available resources,” he said when asked how safety is maintained in the area. In 2011, Maoists had exploded two can bombs in Bokaro and Latehar to damage tracks in the CIC section. Though there was no casualty, many trains were delayed. Also, chain-pulling is a common incident in trains running on this section. RPSF was successful in checking such wrongdoing that has started again. Santosh K Tiwary, a railway official in Daltonganj, said the government must do everything for the safety of passengers, staff and officials.
Suspected Maoist leader arrested
The police on Monday morning arrested Ajayan Manoor (49), first accused and the alleged mastermind behind a secret meeting of suspected Maoists at Mavelikara on December 29 last year. He was nabbed from his house at Manoor, near Muvattupuzha, by a police team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy.SP), Chengannur, Baby Charles. He was produced before Mavelikara Judicial First Class Magistrate Court I and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
The police team, acting on a tip-off, seized posters, pamphlets, and books of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), an organisation floated by Mr. Ajayan. However, Mr. Ajayan denied any roles for his organisation in the Mavelikara meeting of the alleged Maoists. The police said Mr. Ajayan had been involved in distributing pamphlets in various parts of Ernakulam district and the Ernakulam Press Club last week. Mr. Charles told The Hindu that Mr. Ajayan had been charged under Sections 10, 13, 18, 18 B, and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The police will file a petition before the court on Tuesday seeking his custody.
The local police had on December 29 arrested five persons, Rajesh (34) of Mavelikara, Shiyas (23) of Kazhakuttam, Bahuleyan (50) of Njarayilkonam, Devarajan (50) of Mayyanad, and Gopal (52) of Chennai (a retired scientist at the Kalpakkom Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Centre) from a lodge in Mavelikara while allegedly holding the meeting. Two minor girls who were with the arrested were later handed over to their relatives. Six mobile phones and a laptop were seized from them and handed over to cyber cell. Later, additional sub-inspector K.Y. Damian, who arrested the minor girls, was found hanging from a tree near his house.
Maoist links: Four arrested including RPF leader
Muvattupuzha: The leader of Revolutionary People’s Front in Andhra Pradesh, Ajayakumar (49) from Mannur, alias Mannur Ajayan, has been arrested by the police for his alleged links with Maoists. Three activists of ‘Porattam’ group were also detained for distributing pamphlets containing Maoist ideologies. The printing press in Mananthavadi, which had reportedly printed the Maoist posters has been shut down. Gun totting men who were found searching for food close to reserved forest areas in Malappuram district in the wee hours of Monday are presumed to be Maoists.
The commando division of Kerala police, ‘Thunderbolt’ continues its combing operations in the forest areas of Palakkad and Kannur. Ajayakumar was arrested from his house in Muvattupuzha in connection with cases registered against him at Mavelikkara Police station. A 20-member police team led by Chengannur DySP Baby Charles arrested him in the morning Monday. Charges levelled against Ajayakuamar included clandestine meetings of Maoist sympathisers, conspiracy, unlawful activities, among others.
According to police Ajayakuamr is an accused in cases including Nainankonam land agitation, holding Palakkad Collector in captivity, etc. Ajayakumar, however did not offer any resistance during the arrest. An RPF manifesto, pamphlets, books, posters etc. were recovered from Ajayakumar’s house in the raid. Five RPF activists were arrested from Mavelikkara in December 29 last year over a secret meeting, which was reportedly held as per the instructions given by Ajayakumar.
Posco faces Maoist threat
Maoists, in a letter, have threatened the SP and the local legislator to stop Posco-related works immediately or face dire consequences. Although SP Satyabrat Bhoi had received a letter reportedly from Maoists 15 days back, local legislator Bishnu Das got it on Sunday.
Both the letters, written in Odia, were signed by the area commander of CPI(Maoist), Jeypore division. The outlawed outfit has threatened the two to stop all Posco-related works in the area or face ‘Lal Salam’. The SP said veracity of the letters is being examined. “We feel this might be the handiwork of some local miscreants,” he said.