Tailor held for supplying clothes to Maoists
GARHWA: Chinia police of the district have arrested a tailor from Dole village for stitching the uniforms of Maoists and supplying it to them. Jalil Ansari, son of Zamir Ansari, was caught red- handed from his house at Dole village under Chinia police station area, 30 km from the district headquarters. Police have also recovered five pairs of pant and shirt, five metre unstitched cloth and a letter from the Maoists from his possession. DSP (HQ) Awadhesh Kumar Singh said Garhwa SP Michael Raj S was tipped off about a tailor of Dole village being used to stitch uniforms and supplying them to the Maoists.
On the basis of the tip off, a police team was formed, headed by the officer in charge of Chinia police station Shiv Kumar Singh and ASI Anil Kumar Singh. The team raided the house of the tailor and nabbed him. Jalil Ansari has confessed before the police that he used to supply stitched uniforms to the Maoists on the instructions of the Maoist zonal commander Mrityunjayji. He also said he had met the zonal commander in a forest 6-7 days ago. The zonal commander had instructed him to stitch uniforms for the Maoists. Ansari has been sent to jail, said the DSP Awadhesh Kumar Singh.
After Dibrugarh and Tinsukia, Maoists setting up base in Sonitpur district of Assam
KOLKATA: The Maoists are in the process of appointing local area commanders in the Sonitpur district of Assam, security agencies have ascertained. The next step would be the selection of cadres and their training to set up armed squads, sources revealed. The Maoists are primarily aiming for support from the ‘Tea Tribes’, who have not posed a serious problem for the security agencies so long by remaining largely unattached to militant outfits operating in the state. “The ‘Tea Tribes’ are a tribal population who moved to Assam in the last century to work in the tea gardens.
At present, they have little connection with their roots in states like Jharkhand, Bihar or Chhattisgarh. However, they have their own problems related to development and exploitation. This is what the Maoists are looking to tap. Unless the situation can be controlled, we may have a serious problem in our hands in the days to come as outfits like Ulfa are known to have close links with the Maoists and could provide the necessary support by providing weapons and other infrastructure,” a highly placed source said.
The matter first came to light in December, 2012, after the arrest of Anand Kharwar, a top Maoist leader from Jharkhand’s Latehar, from a hotel in Tezpur in the Sonitpur district. Kharwar was a sub-zonal commander of the CPI(Maoist) in Latehar and wanted in several cases. His arrest was considered a big success but officials were initially unsure about what he was doing in Tezpur. “We already knew that the Maoists have made some inroads in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in Upper Assam. They have already started creating a cadre base from among the tribal population. There have already been recommendations to declare these districts Maoist-affected. We weren’t aware of their activities in Sonitpur till Kharwar’s arrest.
The links between the Maoists and the Ulfa and other militant groups the North East is well-established. Once the ultra-Left guerillas become operative here, things will get extremely difficult,” another official said. The Army is involved in Counter-Insurgency Operations (CI Ops) in Assam and other Northeastern states but hasn’t been engaged against the Maoists. The reason is that the Army has not wanted to get involved in CI Ops against a particular outfit unless it has links to groups beyond the borders of the country.
Once Left Wing Extremism (LWE) starts in Assam, the situation is bound to get queer. “Our stand is very clear. The process has already begun to bring down the use of the Army to tackle militancy in and around towns in the Northeast. In such places, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act is no longer in place. We want the civil administration to take a call on whether the situation is conducive for the Army to withdraw. We would gladly do so and concentrate on our primary task to protect the country’s borders. However, we don’t want to be called back after six months as it would take another 10 years to bring back the situation to where we had left it,” a senior officer in the Eastern Command said.
Combing operations intensified in Ganjam
Berhampur: After eliminating top Maoist leader Pradeep Majhi in an encounter, security forces have intensified combing operation in the border area of Ganjam and Gajapati districts in Odisha by inducting more forces. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel have joined District Volunteer Force (DVF) and local police to carry out the anti-Maoist operation in the area, a senior police officer said Wednesday.
“We have intensified the combing operation in the area by pressing more forces”, DIG(Southern Range) Amitab Thakur said. Based on intelligence inputs, police suspect members of Sabyasachi Panda’s Maoist group, of which Majhi was considered second-in-command, are hiding inside the dense jungle. “The area is very dense. The group might have hidden inside the jungle. The security personnel are trying to locate their base by stepping up search operation,” Gajapati Superintendent of Police C S Meena said. Police claimed Panda-led Odisha Maobadi Party (OMP) has been weakened following deaths, arrests and surrenders of his close aides in the last few months. The latest blow was inflicted on Panda’s group with the killing of Pradip Majhi alias Gobind in an encounter with police on Monday.
Naxal – Police face off near Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh border
A special team of Gadchiroli police came under fire from the Naxals in a village in Gadchiroli district near Maharashtra Chhattisgarh border on Wednesday morning. Naxals fired on a special police team which was carrying out searching operation near Mungner and Bodhin villages in Pendhri division near Chhattisgarh border on Wednesday morning, informed the Gadchiroli police. Police also said that the firing was indiscriminate and with an intention to kill the policemen. But when the police returned the fire, the Naxals managed to escape taking advantage of thick forest. There was no report of casualty from any side. Police recovered two IEDs and some Naxal literature from the spot of encounter.Police have intensified the searching operation in the area after the encounter.