Injured Naxal commander arrested from hospital in Patna
Patna: A wanted Naxal commander has been nabbed by security agencies from a hospital in Patna where he was secretly getting treated for bullet injuries suffered during a CRPF encounter. The Maoist leader, identified as Inderjeet, was injured in a gunbattle with the CoBRA commandos of the paramilitary on June 12 along the Jharkhand-Bihar axis near the Kumudi railway station. “He is a big catch. He was injured in a gunbattle with our commandos sometime back and since then we were on his trail,” Central Reserve Police Force chief Pranay Sahay said.
Bihar DGP Abhayanand confirmed the arrest and said the state police would inform Jharkhand government about the development as Inderjeet was wanted by them. Senior officials said Inderjeet, a platoon commander and member of the regional ‘dalam’ operating in Bihar and Jharkhand area, was apprehended by security agencies in a secret operation on the intervening night of June 17 and 18 from Eshwar Dayal hospital in Patna.
They said he was getting himself treated undercover for bullet wounds in the hospital and the agencies moved in on him after getting vital tip-offs. The Maoist commander was instrumental and wanted in the infamous incident of planting an IED in the abdomen of CRPF trooper Babulal Patel who was killed and left behind during an encounter in Jharkhand’s Latehar early this year. He was also wanted for many other attacks on security forces, they said. Some of his accomplices were earlier apprehended by Jharkhand police last month. PTI
UP ATS team in Haryana to probe Naxal link
A team of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officers are in Haryana to probe an alleged Naxal link to an illegal arms racket spread across several states. Allwyn D’sa (80), who was arrested on April 30 from his Dadar residence, was allegedly among those who would assemble guns using imported parts that would then be sold. “The gang has been dealing with Naxalities since 2007. Assembled guns would be supplied through gun stores in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
The Naxal link was revealed when we examined the sale records of a gun shop in UP. Several of the customers mentioned turned out to be history-sheeters who have acted as middlemen for Naxals. They would buy guns and deliver them to Naxals,” said sub-inspector Ravindra Singh, UP ATS. UP ATS will interrogate a man who has been lodged in a central jail in Haryana for four-five months after being arrested for alleged Naxalist links.
“The two main sources of arms and ammunition for Naxals have been illegal arms suppliers and raiding government armories. Recently, police in several states increased security at their armories and also cracked down on those found to be hiding raided arms and ammunition in their houses. Naxals have started depending more on illegal arms suppliers, such as this gang. A probe is on,” said Singh.
Naxals recruiting afresh in Karnataka?
Bengaluru: Contrary to police and Intelligence information that there has been no fresh recruitment in the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Karnataka, last week’s incident in which a group of four Naxalites led by a young woman leader, said to belong to the Vikram Gowda-Mundagar Latha group, gives the picture of possible fresh recruitment in the banned outfit in the State. The four armed Naxalites, who barged into a local tribal leader’s house in Sheeralu village in Chikmagalur district on June 9, included a woman Naxal said to be in her mid20s “Not one has been identified so far,” said an official source, even as it was announced on Tuesday that state Home Minister K.J. George will tour the Malnad region to assess development work carried out in the eight Naxal affected taluks.
Naxals continue to recruit, new members attack man
Contrary to police and Intelligence information that there has been no fresh recruitment in the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Karnataka, last week’s incident in which a group of four Naxalites led by a young woman leader said to belong to Vikram Gowda and Mundagar Latha group reveal that there could be fresh recruitments in the banned outfit in the State. The four armed Naxalites barged into one Kempanna’s house in Sheeralu village in Chikmagalur district on June 9 and asked him to withdraw his support to the government’s rehabilitation policy. They threatened him and set his two-wheeler on fire.
“None of the four Maoists, including the woman said to be in her mid-twenties, have been identified so far. They could be new faces. Their sketches have been circulated widely, but nobody could identify them,” said an official source. Kempanna is a local tribal leader and member of the village land society, which is involved in collecting and marketing minor forest produce. The Naxalites alleged that he was a police informer and is keeping the lion’s share in the forest produce for himself.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday Home Minister K.J. George will tour the Malnad region to assess the development works carried out in the eight Naxal-affected taluks. The previous BJP government had disbursed Rs 5 crore each to the eight taluks to build roads, bridges, schools and hospitals as part of development activity. George will discuss with the local deputy commissioners and superintendents of police on the work done so far and the utilisation of funds. “The government is planning to post teachers in schools in the Naxal-affected areas. Development of these areas is top on the agenda,” said the officer.
Police arrest four Naxals in Chhattisgarh after gun battle
Raipur: Four ultras were arrested following a gun battle with policemen in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Sukma district. The Naxals were arrested in the forest area of Kistaram police station of the district on Sunday, said Sukma superintendent of police Abhishek Shandiya. On Sunday evening, the jawans mobilised on the basis of a tip-off that Naxals were planning to launch an attack on security forces in Kistaram area, over 400 km from capital Raipur.
On seeing the forces near a rivulet, around 10 km away from the Kistaram police station, rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them following which jawans also launched a retaliatory attack. According to the police official, the exchange of fire continued for an hour after which Naxal fled to the forests. Later, combing operation was launched in the region during which four ultras were nabbed from the field of a villager.
“Those arrested were identified as Madkam Rama, section commander of 8th platoon, Madvi Aayta of Elmaguda LOS (local operating squad), Madkam Mukka and Kawasi Kosa,” Shandiya said, adding that two country made rifles, two 12 bore guns and live cartridges were recovered from their possession. On interrogation, the Naxals admitted involvement in encounters at Minpa camp, Golapalli, Bheji and Kistaram villages, besides a murder case in Timilwada region, he said. They were produced in a local court today which remanded them in judicial custody, he added.
Bengal taking steps following Maoist regrouping alert
Alerted by intelligence agencies on regrouping of Maoist ultras in Jangalmahal and neighbouring Saranda forest in Odisha, the West Bengal government has initiated stringent steps to forestall any threat. “About 40 to 45 Maoist ultras under the leadership of Tara, wife of Maoist leader Bikash, are regrouping at an undisclosed location in Saranda forest in Odisha to renew attack in West Bengal,” state police sources said quoting the intelligence input. The sources said that several political figures like Srikanta Mahato and Mrigen Maiti, both Trinamool Congress MLAs in Jangalmahal, had been chosen as targets by the Maoists.
“Security to these leaders have been tightened and measures initiated to strengthen the security net at the Jangalmahal area,” the sources said. The state government has received six companies (around 600 personnel) of central para-military forces in addition to the existing 39 companies (around 3,900 personnel) of such central forces to intensify vigil at Jangalmahal following the intelligence alert, state Home Department sources said. Following an MHA caution on possible Maoist threat against Mamata Banerjee, the security of the chief minister has also been beefed up. Several other VVIPs have also been brought under the special security net, while special vigil around vital installations in the state had been arranged, the sources said.
Maoists axe constable to death
An assistant constable was axed to death allegedly by a group of naxals in Maoist-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattishgarh, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday night in Iragaon village where 32-year-old Lokesh Kumar was hacked to death when he was returning to work place after having meals at home, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police D Shravan said. Around 4-5 naxals stopped Kumar on his way from Patelpara area and attacked him with an axe, the SP said.
Ex-Maoist leader held in Garhwa
GARHWA: A former area commander of the CPI (Maoist) was arrested in Bhandaria area of the district in a joint raid conducted by police and CRPF. Garhwa subdivisional police officer Heera Lal Ravi said on Monday Harendraji alias Lathuji was arrested from his house located at Tehri village in the district. He said acting on a tip-off a joint police and CRPF team led by Bhandaria police station officer in-charge Manoj Kumar and CRPF deputy commandant Uttam Kumar had raided Harendraji’s house.
Ravi said the arrested area commander was accused in a number of cases in various police stations of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. A total of 22 cases were lodged against him that included nine cases in Chando, six cases in Balrampur police station of Chhattisgarh and four cases in Bhandaria and one case in Ranka police station of Jharkhand’s Garhwa district. The SDPO also said Harendraji who was associated with the CPI (Maoist) outfit in 2002 was promoted to the area commander in 2005.
Task Force recommends security, development in Assam
There is need for looking into both security and development fronts to deal with the growth of Maoist militancy in Assam and the commando battalion of the Assam Police should be converted into a well-knit offensive unit called the Assam Police Commando Organization. These were some of the recommendations of the Task Force formed by the Government to study the problem of Maoism in Assam and suggest measures to deal with the same.
The Task Force, headed by Additional Director General of Police, BJ Mahanta, said that the Assam Police Commando Organization should have a strength of two battalions and the battalion should include the Black Panthers for jungle warfare, Assam Police rangers for operations by small teams and Beerangana, the woman outfit. All these three units will require specialized training which will have to be conducted in the Commando organization location itself. The Black Panthers will have to be groomed strictly in the line of the Greyhounds, the report said.
The report pointed out that the Maoists in Assam are not banned under any Act of the Government and most of the Maoist-infested states of the country have overcome this problem with independent state legislations. The Assam Government should consider bringing out a legislation in the line of the Act brought by the Government of Chhattisgarh. The strength of the Arunachal Pradesh Police should also be increased in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs to check inter-state movement of the Maoist rebels. An institutionalised mechanism should be set up for information sharing and joint operations in each other’s territory by the Governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The Task Force suggested that the structure of the police stations, outposts and border outposts (BOPS) should be constructed as per Andhra Pradesh model with eight feet high wall, double-story building and sentry posts at the top and in front of the buildings.