Peoples War in India Clippings 18/3/2013



Spl anti-Naxal force for Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, C’hatisgarh

Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh, hit by Maoist movement, will raise specialised forces trained in guerilla warfare on the lines of the ‘Greyhounds’, a special police unit in Andhra Pradesh. According to the plan, which is likely to be placed before the Union Cabinet soon, the special forces will come up in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha and funds will be given to create and upgrade infrastructure, weaponry and equipment to combat the Naxal problem. Andhra Pradesh will also be given some fund to upgrade its infrastructure and stregthen the ‘Greyhounds’ force.

The proposed outlay during the 12th Plan in this regard is Rs 373 crore, of which the central government will give Rs 280 crore (75 per cent of the total outlay) and Rs 93 crore by the state governments (25 per cent), the Union Home Ministry said in its proposal. The funding, that is expected to beef up the police forces of these states, will be done under the Home Ministry-sponsored Scheme for Special Infrastructure (SIS).

The Home Ministry said the step to adopt a new strategy is being taken in the background of the success achieved by the Greyhounds in Andhra Pradesh in combating Left Wing Extremism. The Ministry has, however, put certain riders on the release of funds to the states. “The Special Force of the state concerned has to be upgraded as per the approved guidelines of Greyhounds. Even if a Special Force has been raised in some form in the state concerned, they are required to be reoriented through the entire process mentioned in the guidelines. The state will strictly adhere to these guidelines,” the Home Ministry said.

Cops recover Maoist explosives

A huge cache of explosives was seized from a farm house during a raid by a joint team of BSF and local police in MV-81 under Motu police limits on Sunday. On a tip off, security forces raided the farm house of one Sukumar Bairagi and recovered the explosives which included 1,727 detonators and four mobile phones. On Saturday too, police had raided the farm house of Jali Pati at Kusanpalli village and seized 592 gelatin sticks which were packed in three packets. Jali and Sukumar have been arrested. Police said they were supplying the explosives to Maoists.

Police: Red silence in Narayanpatna ominous

KORAPUT: The outlawed CPI (Maoist), which was calling shots at Narayanpatna in the district since 2009, is of late lying low. Its silence in the past few months has left the police puzzled, triggering fears that it could be the lull before the storm. Over 90 Maoists have been arrested and at least three Red leaders killed in police encounters since January, 2012. However, the Maoists suffered their worst setback in past two months with at least 944 tribals deserting the extremist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), which the Red organization was using as a shield to carry out its activities. Police said with intensified combing operations, especially by Border Security Force (BSF), Special Operations Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force, the Maoists have retreated to the forests. ”

As Maoists were enjoying a free run in the area, they used to visit villages regularly and were also getting the villagers’ support. But with a change in the situation, now the ultras have also changed their tactics,” a police officer said. “Apprehending that the villagers may inform police about their movements, the Left-wing extremists are avoiding villages, though they are very much present in the thick forests of Narayanpatna bordering Andhra Pradesh,” the officer added. “The Maoists are desperately trying to regain their lost tribal support base in the area and it will be a mistake on part of the police if they take the extremists lightly,” said another police officer.

“Neither has any top Maoist leader been arrested nor killed during operations, so it is difficult to accept that Narayanpanta has completely slipped away from Maoist control. The Red rebels remaining silent is very mysterious and we can’t underestimate their firepower. At any moment, they can mount an offensive,” said a senior para-military force officer, engaged in anti-Maoist operations, on condition of anonymity. To cash in on its recent successes, the police are contemplating setting up a BSF camp each at Mankidi, Tengulipadar and Bijaghati in Narayanpanta. “Once the three camps become functional the Maoist movement would be completely restricted,” said SDPO (Laxmipur) Y Jagannath Rao.

Naxal encounter in Maharashtra leaves Two Commandos injured

Two commandos of Maharashtra’s special Anti-Naxal C-60 force suffered bullet injuries in an encounter with the Naxals early in the morning on Monday in a village in Gondia district of Maharashtra. “The encounter took place near Marartola village in Salekasa division of Gondia. Our team was carrying out searching operation when the Naxals fired on it.

Two C-60 commandos suffered bullet injuries in the firing “ Gondia Superintendent of Police (SP) Dilip Zhalke told The Hindu. Commando Ramesh Uike suffered bullet injury on his leg and Commando Sanjay Katare suffered shoulder injury, informed the SP. According to the SP, the encounter took place at 12.30 am on Monday. Both the commandos have been shifted to the Orange City hospital in Nagpur and their condition is said to be stable. “The encounter was a close one and many Naxals suffered serious injuries including their Dalam commander Rakesh, but nothing specific can be said about it” said Mr. Zhalke. Mr. Zhalke did not rule out the Dalam Commander Rakesh being killed in the encounter.

Search on for Maoists in Kodagu

The joint combing operation launched by the Karnataka Police and the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) continued for the third day in Kodagu on Sunday. However, the 18-member team has not been able to trace the presence of Maoists in the region so far. “Combing operations are still going on in the Kutta-Sreemangalam region on Kodagu-Wayanad border. Different eyewitnesses are giving contradictory descriptions and identification details about the suspected Maoists. So we are yet to ascertain many things. The group is said to have moved to an uninhabited area.

The search is extremely difficult in the dense forest,” Kodagu District Superintendent of Police M A Anucheth told ‘Express’. The search operations were centered around Neetgunda area on Saturday. The fresh search for Maoists was launched on Friday as a few workers at a coffee plantation at Pookkala near Barnani had seen a four-member team of militants. The group, claimed to be Maoists, said to have approached Shibu, a plantation labourer hailing from Ayyankunnu near Iritty, to get some food grains and other essential commodities.

A team of suspected Naxalites had also visited the house of Karthamada Harish on Thursday and taken away grocery. Meanwhile, the Karnataka Police have sought the assistance of their counterparts in Kerala. “We have taken the help of Kerala police,” Anucheth said. Karikkottakkari, Aaralam, Kelakam and Ulikkal police stations in Iritty division bordering Kodagu forests have been instructed to maintain special vigil.

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