Cops plan stations to man Maoist heartland
GK VEEDHI (VISAKHAPATNAM): After tasting success with the Kanchala encounter as well as Sadbhavana yatra, emboldened security agencies are now chalking out plans to take the fight right to the doorstep of Maoists by setting up police outposts in the Naxal heartland to keep a close watch on their activities. As part of this strategy, the security agencies are planning to set up eight police stations or outposts with a strong security cover in G K Veedhi and Chintapalli mandals.
The Visakahapatnam rural police has mooted plans to set up around seven police stations or outposts in the heavily Maoist infested GK Veedhi mandal alone, with one police station proposed in Chintapalli, sources said. According to sources, the government is assessing the feasibility of setting up stations or outposts at Sapparla, Darakonda, Kakunuru in Gummirevula panchayat, Kumkumpudi , Erracheruvulu in Lakaram panchayat, Garikabanda, Pedavalasa and Jerrela of GK Veedhi mandal and Garimanda on the borders of Koyyuru-GK Veedhi mandals, apart from Balapam-Korukonda or Ralla gedda in Chintapalli mandal.
While CRPF personnel are guarding the existing nine police stations in the Visakha Agency where the Maoist presence is very strong, all these proposed locations too will deploy additional forces for security cover. In order to keep the new security establishments plan under wraps, the officials are quietly conducting surveys with the help of Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) staff instead of using district revenue authorities for the process of site selection. The IKP staff reportedly made enquiries about availability of vacant lands at Darakonda and Sapparla during the weekly market days last Saturday and Sunday.
The police authorities are keen on acquiring 10 to 20 acres of land on the main road in villages so that the movement of security forces is not hampered by Maoists, sources said. But it is learnt the IKP staff is facing problems in scouting for a huge chunk of land in tribal villages, where the farmers have only an acre or two. It is learnt that the new police structures will have all amenities, including staff quarters and barracks for the CRPF, inside the station premises. “They are asking for a huge chunk of land to protect the structures from possible Maoist attacks. However, the station will be set up in a small area and will be protected by the vast expanse of land and huge boundaries,” a source said.
Earlier, there were six police outposts in the Visakha Agency, three of which were bombed by Maoists as they were small structures and had deployed limited police force. Sources in the police department said they initially had plans to set up police outposts with a huge deployment of armed personnel at Pedavalasa, Sapparla, Darakonda, Jerrela in GK Veedhi and Balapam in Chintapalli area but the plan had been lying on the back burner. But with the security forces stepping up efforts to lure Maoists back into the mainstream with surrender rewards and Sadbhavana Yatras in Maoist infested areas, the government has reportedly given permission to set up new stations or outposts in the Visakha Agency area.
However, former CPI MLA G Demudu alleged that the move was a new ploy by the government to mine bauxite in the area as they wanted to suppress the people’s agitations against bauxite mining by setting up new security establishments. The government is also planning to deploy the girijan battalion, which is under training at Khammam, at these police establishments, the former MLA alleged.
Maoist arrested in Jharkhand
Ranchi: A Maoist carrying Rs three lakh on his head was on Friday arrested on the borders of Chatra and Palamau districts of Jharkhand, police said. “Vinod Yadav alias Abhay Yadav was arrested on the borders of the two districts, about 150 km from Ranchi,” Chatra SP Anup Birtheray said. “A resident of Palamau, Yadav has confessed to have been involved in over 23 cases, including killing of jawans and triggering landmine blasts,” he said. PTI
NHRC to probe killing of Maoist leader
A three-member team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) arrived here on Thursday to inquire into killing of Maoist area commander Sameer Xalxo (35) during an encounter with security forces in 2011. Sameer was shot dead on February 7 night in 2011 in a forest area on Odisha-Jharkhand border under Chandiposh police limits. Rourkela police had claimed that he was gunned down following an exchange of fire between police and Maoists.
The NHRC team comprising members KCS Rao, Ravi Singh and Nitin Kumar would conduct spot inquiry and visit various areas on Odisha-Jharkhand border from May 24 to 27. They would interact with villagers and police personnel to ascertain the circumstances that led to the killing.
Hardcore Maoist arrested: police
A hardcore Maoist was arrested from a village in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, police sources said today. Acting on a tip off, police raided a house in Lakhanpur village last night and nabbed the ultra, identified as Shatrughan Ram, the sources said. Ram was said to be a self-styled sub-zonal area commander of a Maoist outfit, they said, adding that he was wanted for several activities of naxals.
Maoist-ultra tactical ties likely: DGP
GUWAHATI, May 19 – The possibility of the Maoist rebels coming into a tactical understanding with other militant groups active in Assam including the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) cannot be ruled out, admitted the Director General of Assam Police, JN Choudhury. Talking to The Assam Tribune, Choudhury said that though the Maoist rebels are yet to indulge in any major act of violence in Assam, the threat in the days to come cannot be ruled out.
He also said that so far there has been no information of the Maoists forging any alliance with any other militant group of Assam, but some kind of tactical alliance for their own survival is very much possible. He revealed that according to information available, some persons, who used to work as overground workers of the ULFA, are now working for the Maoists. On the activities of the Maoist rebels in the State, the DGP said that at present, the Maoists are keeping weapons only for self-defence and they are not involved in armed movement, which comes at the last stage of their activities.
He said that some of the Maoist rebels underwent training on handling of weapons, but they have not yet started an armed revolution. Choudhury revealed that the possible areas where the Maoists can infiltrate have been identified and efforts are on to prevent the rebels from establishing strong roots in the state. The recent arrest of senior leaders including two Maoist central committee members – Aklanta Rabha on the outskirts of Guwahati city and Gajanan Naskar alias Paresh Da also affected the plan of the Maoist rebels to establish strong roots in the state.
The DGP pointed out that the Barak Valley districts have a number of sick tea gardens and the Maoists can try to infiltrate among the labourers of those gardens. He said that the Maoists can also try to motivate the unemployed youths, the tribal groups facing political and other problems etc.
Maoists pumping funds in NE
GUWAHATI, May 24 – The central committee of the Maoist rebels has been pumping in funds to the North East region for some time to expand their bases in this part of the country. Meanwhile, hardcore Maoist rebel Aditya Bora is likely to be elevated within the outfit after the arrest of Aklanta Rabha alias Maheshji, a central committee member of the Maoists. Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that some vital facts regarding the plan of the Maoists came to light after the recent arrest of Aklanta Rabha and a few other Maoist rebels. Sources revealed that the security agencies have come to know that the central committee of the Maoists has been pumping in funds to the region every month through Rabha to expand the bases of the Maoists in this region and also to recruit members for the outfit.
But it is still not known whether Rabha could fulfill the expectations of the Central committee in matters of recruitment of new cadres for the outfit. Sources revealed that normally the Central committee members of the Maoists are given bodyguards and each of them also use several couriers, but in case of Rabha, he was mostly moving alone, which is very unusual. On the expansion plan of the Maoists, sources said that the questioning of Rabha and other recently arrested Maoist rebels, the security agencies have come to know that in recent times, the Maoists are trying to take advantage of the vacuum created after a number of militant outfits of Assam came overground to solve their problems through dialogues.
Though the Maoists had earlier made attempts to establish strong roots in this region, the attempts failed because other militant groups were active in the state and there was no vacuum for the Maoists. But the situation has now changed and the Maoists are trying to take advantage of the situation. Sources said that apart from Assam, the Maoists are trying their best to establish strong roots in Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in the coal belts, while, according to the Maoist leaders, they still do not have a vacuum to penetrate into Manipur and Nagaland.