Sukma killings dash hopes of Maoist think-tank
Seven of the slain Maoists were from the KKW divisional committee, which was entrusted with the task of making inroads into the north Telangana districts Tuesday’s encounter in Sukma in which nine Maoists were killed, has almost dashed the hopes of Maoist think-tank to revive the armed struggle in Telangana districts, once a bastion of the naxalite movement. Seven of the Maoists slain in the fierce gun battle belonged to the Khammam-Karimnagar-Warangal (KKW) divisional committee, which was entrusted with the onerous job of making inroads into the North Telangana districts.
The three districts are extremely important as they share borders with southern Chhattisgarh, where the revolutionary movement is in a strategic offensive stage. For the Maoist think-tank, the only hope of reviving the extremist movement in Andhra Pradesh was through incursions in Karimnagar, Khammam, and Warangal bordering Chhattisgarh or through the agency areas of East Godavari and Visakhapatnam, which share borders with Orissa, where the Maoist movement is significantly strong.
Though Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts too share borders with Orissa, the Maoists not very active in the border areas of these two districts. Adilabad, is another district which shares borders with Gadchiroli side of Maharashtra. The Maoist party pinned its hopes on the KKW division committee for implementing its grand plan to revive the revolutionary movement in Telangana.
Strategically, the KKW committee and the squads under its command confined themselves to areas in Chhattisgarh borders because of the relative safety they enjoyed, but were moving into Khammam, Karimnagar and Warangal forest areas. The only other possibility of rebuilding the Naxalite movement in Andhra Pradesh was ordering the underground cadres in Orissa to move into the agency areas in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam.
But the series of setbacks the Naxalite movement suffered in Orissa recently, made the Maoist leaders to depend mainly on the KKW committee, which has been eliminated now in Tuesday’s encounter. “With the KKW committee being eliminated now, it will take at least five years for the Maoists to build the cadre again,” a senior police officer analysed.
Six hail from Warangal
Of the nine bodies of Maoists recovered in the Sukma encounter, seven were identified. Of these, six hailed from Warangal and the seventh from Karimnagar district. The KKW division committee was led by Marri Ravi alias Sudhakar, who hailed from Seetharampur village in Ghanpur mandal of Warangal district.
The others were: Guguloth Laxmi alias Pushpa, Rampally village in Bhupalpalli mandal; Etti Narsakka alias Sabitha of Gogupalli village; Jangoan Raju alias Durgam Raju, Buttaigudem; Seetha alias Navatha of Puredipallly (all in Eturunagarn mandal); Ajay alias Bheema, Kousettivai village in Tadvai mandal (all in Warangal district); and Arelli Venkati of Khanapur village in Manthani mandal of Karimangar. Meanwhile, four SLRs, one carbine, two .303 rifles, two Insas weapons, one pistol, a tapancha and a SBBL were recovered from the encounter site.
Police arrest Maoist; recover cash, valuables in Gaya
Gaya, Apr 16 (ANI): Bihar Police have arrested a Maoist and recovered cash and other items worth millions during an operation launched against the rebels in Gaya district. Police on Monday apprehended Ayub Ali also known as Kamar Khan belonging to Communist Party of India (Maoist) from Gewal Bigha in Gaya district who used to supply logistics to Maoist organisations. Superintendent of Police, Gaya, Chandan Kumar Kushwaha said that they were keeping an eye on Ayub Ali and after receiving confirmed information, they conducted a raid and arrested him.
“We had an eye on him for the past few days. We conducted a raid and arrested when we got this confirmed information that he had these logistics with him,” said Kushwaha. Police also recovered 15 lakh, eight mobile phones, gold chain, gold ring, two compasses and various other items. “During the raid, we have recovered huge amount of logistics including cash worth 15 lakh which were collected by the Maoist organisations as levy, jewellery, CDs, binocular, compass, pen drive, USB drive,” he added. (ANI)
Gogoi seeks tough steps to tackle Maoists
NEW DELHI, April 16 – After sanctioning deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to aid anti-poaching operations in Kaziranga National Park (KNP), Assam has now asked the Centre to deploy the drones to track movement of militants and Maoists in the State.
Dispelling the notion that militancy is over in Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday pointed to growing activities of the Maoists and citing tough terrain asked the Centre to explore the feasibility of deploying UAVs in the State. He was participating in the Chief Ministers’ Conference on Fifth Report of Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) titled ‘Public Order’ held at Vigyan Bhavan here yesterday.
Interestingly, majority of the chief ministers gave the conference presided over by Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, a miss. Barring the chief ministers of the North Eastern States, only a handful of other chief ministers were present. Meanwhile, Gogoi made out a strong case for coordinated actions in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and some parts of Meghalaya, if training, arms supply transit routes and shelter of militants operating in Assam are to be choked.
“Myanmar remains a sanctuary across our borders and there are efforts to re-open camps in Bhutan. A reversal of the current policy by any future regime in Bangladesh could once again revive the spectre of these militant outfits, which had operated with impunity from foreign soil,” he said, thanking Bangladesh Government for flushing out the militant leaders. In the past few years there is a declining trend of militant violence, and talks are on with several militant outfits.
However, it would be over-optimistic to declare that the nightmare of militant violence is over. The anti-talk faction of ULFA and other militant outfits armed with an arsenal of sophisticated weapons and explosives continue criminal acts of extortion and abduction, he informed.
Referring to the Maoist activities, the Chief Minister pleaded that the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) that forms a plank of the Centre’s strategy against the naxals, should cover Dhemaji, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh and Golaghat districts initially. The IAP should be implemented without delay, he said.
Finish the Reds at any cost: DGP
RANCHI: Jharkhand police have pulled out all the stops for a highly structured offensive against Naxalite insurgency in Jharkhandwhich is plagued by left wing extremism. At a high-level meeting here on Monday, district police chiefs were told to mount further pressure on the rebels by launching concerted assaults on them. The top brass has made it clear to all that the state is not going to tolerate Left- wing extremism anymore.
“The rebels are on the back foot. They have been uprooted from every part of the state where they claimed to have ruled the roost,” DGP Rajiv Kumar told TOI on Monday. The instruction by the top cop has come on the same day when Jharkhand governor Syed Ahmed made a strong pitch in Delhi for additional grants to the state for specialized training of security forces and their modernization.
Besides SPs of all 24 districts, DIGs, IGs and ADGs were present in the meeting, which continued for over eight hours. The meeting at the police headquarters had begun sharp at 11am. The Red leadership was in a tizzy after 10 rebels, including a state secretary and a close aide of Latehar encounter leader Arvindji, member of a subzonal committee and a “platoon commander” among others were gunned down by the rebels of a splinter group of the CPI (Maoists) in Chatra.
Police intelligence says Maoists in the state are reeling under extreme pressure after a series of setbacks in recent time. “If we put some more pressure on the rebels at this point of time, they will be diminished,” said DGP Kumar. No official, however, disclosed the details of the kind of offensive police have planned against the Reds this time. In the high-level meeting, SPs from all 18 Maoist-affected districts put forth their demands. The regular crime scenario was also discussed in apart from the construction of police buildings.
CRPF may be able to search, seize without local cops
The government is planning to introduce a Bill in Parliament this year that would give the CRPF more powers. Called the CRPF Bill 2013, it would allow the force to search and seize without the presence of the local police. It will also allow the personnel to carry arms and ammunition anywhere in the country, without the orders of the state police. The proposed Bill will bring in amendments to the CRPF Act 1949.
It is being mooted to “consolidate and amend the law on constitution and regulation of CRPF as an armed force of the Union for the purposes of restoration and maintenance of law and order”. The draft Bill states that while the supervision and control of the force shall be vested with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the command and control will lie with the Director General. The CRPF has around 80,000 men deployed in the seven states affected by Naxal violence.
“When we go for operations we ought to have a representative from the state police along with us. If this clause comes into existence then we can go for independent operations,” said a senior official. Last year, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had opposed a similar move to give the Border Security Force with “arrest and search” power. Modi, in his letter to the Prime Minister, had said that it would create “state within a state”.
“The CRPF will continue to act as per the needs and requirements of the state police but some additional powers are being planned for it since the force is expanding and deployed in operations,” said the official. One another provision to be included in the proposed Bill is the need for Centre’s nod to prosecute a CRPF officer. “Though this rule exists under Criminal Procedure Act, it will now be formally included in the CRPF Act,” said the official.