2 more BSF battalions to be deployed in Maoists’ base
Two more battalions of Border Security Force (BSF) will be deployed to augment the anti-Naxal operations in Odisha which has lost more than 400 civilians and security personnel in Maoist violence since 2001. The Unified Command, which takes a call on the anti-Maoist strategies to be adopted by the State, met here on Saturday and discussed the latest challenges and action plan.
Currently, six battalions of BSF, eight battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and one Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) are deployed in the State. The Centre, which responded to the State’s demand for two more battalions, has chosen to send in BSF which will be positioned in Southern Odisha where the Maoists hold sway. The Command, chaired by Chief Secretary B K Patnaik, also discussed re-deployment of the existing Central para military forces in the State. More CPMF units will be mobilised in Western Odisha where new pockets of Maoist stronghold have emerged in recent times.
As more parts of Bargarh, Balangir and Nuapada have thrown up Maoist incidences, both civil and armed police will be strengthened, it was decided at the meeting. It was attended by Development Commission J K Mohapatra, DGP Prakash Mishra and Director (Intelligence) Abhay among others. In fact, Nuapada, which adjoins Chhattisgarh, is now among the worst affected districts. In the last two years, 17 incidences of Naxal violence have already claimed as many lives in Nuapada. The district is now behind Malkangiri and Koraput in terms of this dubious distinction.
According to available statistics, between 2001 and 2012, as many as 402 lives have been lost in Maoist violence in the State. Of it, 199 are civilians, 174 are jawans and 29 are securitymen in the officer rank. Southern-most district Malkangiri continues to be the heartland where 139 persons, including 74 jawans, have lost their lives in Maoist violence. It includes 48 civilians and 17 security personnel in the officer rank. Koraput follows closely with loss of 93 lives in the 12-year period. Rayagada, Gajapati, Nuapada, Kandhamal and Sundargarh saw frequent Maoist operations.
In the last two years, there was no dip in violence in Malkangiri despite heavy presence of security personnel. As many as 56 incidences of Naxal violence were reported from the district in 2011 and 2012. During the same period, Koraput reported 43 Maoist incidents.
Four Naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Four alleged hardcore Naxals were arrested in two separate incidents in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Sunday. “Three hardcore ultras of small action group (SAG) of Maoists were nabbed yesterday by a contingent of district force and Chhattisgarh Armed Force near Madanar village under Bayanar police station area of the district,” Additional Superintendent of Police Surjeet Atri said. “Huge cache of explosives, two pistols, 5 kg tiffin bomb, one hand grenade, one detonator, live cartridges, knives and wire were recovered from their possession,” he said.
The accused were identified as 22-year-old Jugaram, Deputy Commander of Aadnar Jan Militia, Gandhi (40) of peoples’ government (Jantana Sarkar) and Sukhram Sori (21), a member of Aadnar jan militia. On getting a tip-off about presence of some suspected Naxals near Madanar village, security personnel moving around in the area held the trio and during interrogation they admitted to being involved in Maoist movement, he stated.
The police party was sent for conducting search operations and providing security for ‘Madai Mela’ (yearly fairs) held in Bayanar, Mungwal, Badko Kejang and Madanar villages of the region. In an another incident, Naxal commander Chamru Ram (45) was arrested by district force from Mardapal police station area yesterday, the ASP said. Those arrested were being further interrogated, he said adding that they all were involved in crimes like arson, explosion, murder and loot in the region. PTI
Maoist leader arrested
RANCHI: District police on Saturday arrested CPI (Maoist) leader Shivnath Munda, who is wanted in at least six cases of arson, loot and extortion. Munda, a resident of Rahe in Khunti block, was active in the organization for last five-six years. Additional SP (operations) Sambhu Kumar said that the rebel leader was active in parts of Ranchi and Khunti districts. “The rebel leader has accepted his involvement in at least six cases under different police stations. We have also recovered a powerful land mine on basis of information provided by the rebel,” said the additional SP.
Eight Arrests in Vizag
Visakhapatnam: Two militia members of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) were allegedly arrested by the GK Veedhi police on Saturday in connection with the killing of three tribals of Bhagata community at outskirts of Lakkavaram village under GK Veedhi police station limits in Vizag Agency. The police also arrested six more militia members in connection with the damage of coffee godowns and distribution of coffee plants to others.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Paderu, Ch Adinara-yana said on Saturday that the state government has announced cash rewards ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 25 lakh to encourage Maoists leaders in Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) to surrender. Releasing the poster of cash rewards to Maoists, Mr Adinarayana said in the recent GO, each central committee and AOB leader or politburo member, who surrenders before police would be eligible for a onetime package of Rs 25 lakh, against Rs 12 lakh earlier, this is the highest amount.
Maoist leaders in East division, Ramachandra Reddy is eligible for Rs 25 lakh cash reward while Bakuri Vekataramana alias Ganesh eligible for cash reward of Rs 20 lakh, he said. Mr Adinarayana said that divisional committee members would get Rs 5 lakh, while the commander rank leaders would get `4 lakh to surrender, their deputies Rs 2 lakh. A dalam member would get Rs 1 lakh. Commandant of CRPF Battalion, P.K. Sahu said that it’s a part of the government’s strategy to encourage top Maoist leaders to surrender and to shun violence. They hope some top guns would surrender in the coming days.