Wanted Maoist arrested from Aurangabad, arms seized
A wanted Maoist was arrested from a village in Bihar’s Naxal-hit Aurangabad district, a police officer said on Monday. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a hideout in Sonbarsa village and arrested the Maoist, identified as Binda Singh on Sunday evening, Director General of Police Abhayanand said. A country-made pistol, five live cartridges, liquor and Naxal literature were seized from the ultra’s possession, he said. Abhayanand said that Singh was wanted in connection with the murder case of two persons in Pipra village of the district earlier this month.
Maoist group helping Bodos to re-establish Bhutan bases?
The outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland is trying to re-establish its base in Bhutan with the help of Bhupali Maoists, an insurgent group of Nepali migrants in Bhutan. Saying NDFB “military commander” I.K. Songbijit had roped in Bhupali Maoist commanders, home ministry sources told this newspaper the two outfits were not only operating jointly, each was also helping provide shelter to the other. Noting there had been five kidnapping incidents since June, including two inside Indian territory, the security sources said all these were carried out jointly by NDFB rebels and Bhupali Maoists for extortion.
They said the Bhutan government had already been told of this growing nexus. It is suespected that the NDFB is supplying arms and ammunition, besides giving training, to the Bhupali Maoists. The sources said the Bhupali Maoists may be getting Nepalese support too. It is suspected that Songbijit, who is operating from Burma, has been using bases in Bhutan to hide people taken hostage by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland in Assam.
Nepali Maoist supporting Gorkhaland, Indian agency claims
KAKADVITTA , AUG 12 – The government Intelligence Agency of West Bengal state of India has claimed that the Nepali Maoists have been assisting the Gorkhaland Movement, a movement demanding a separate state in the Darjeeling Hills. A report issued by the intelligence department in the state, made public hours prior to the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s call for a 72-hour deadline and warnings of stern action against the agitators came to an end, has made such claims.
The report, however, do not clarify which Maoist was assisting the movement. A Nepali newspaper Himalaya Darpan has quoted the report saying that the leaders of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) were in constant touch with Nepalese political leaders. It has also stated that weapons and financial assistance in the movement was entering into the state from the Nepali side. Meanwhile, GJM Chairman Bimal Gurung has condemned such intelligence report and said that such allegations were being made aiming to suppress the movement.
Government to use ex-Army men in anti-Naxal operatives
In a bid to strengthen operational capabilities of forces involved in anti-Naxal offensive, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has cleared a proposal to recruit over 2,000 ex-Army men with expertise in jungle warfare to impart training to such CRPF personnel. The paramilitary force deployed in Maoist-affected areas already has training academies, including the Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist (CIAT) schools and Central Training Colleges (CTCs), where various in-service courses are conducted for officers and jawans. The CRPF has advertised 2,037 positions for retired Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and Non-commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the Army.
These retired Army men would be drawn from Army regiments and Corps like infantry, armoured, artillery, bomb disposal and engineering Corps. “The retired Army men will train the young CRPF officers in countering IED operations, jungle warfare tactic and guerrilla operations in difficult terrains. Anti-Naxal operations is very different from conventional operation and requires specialised training,” a CRPF official said. The CRPF would pay them salary and perks at par with any other forces to attract best talents.
A JCO would be paid Rs 55,000, while NCOs would get Rs 35,000 per month. They would be hired on contract for a period ranging between three to five years and required to serve in Naxal-hit areas. In another move, the Centre has made mandatory rotational training of each and every personnel of a battalion. Earlier, training nodes were established at various locations, where rotational training was imparted by trained instructors of CRPF as well as ex-Army men.
Armed Red rebels kill tribal farmer for ‘helping’ police
KORAPUT: Suspected Maoists killed a tribal farmer on charges of being a police informer at JogiPalur village under Narayanpatna police limits on Sunday. The deceased was identified as SibaMandingi. Sources said the incident took place around 8 am when Mandingi and his son were working in their farm. “At least four armed ultras swooped on Mandingi and slit his throat with a sharp-edged weapon,” a source in Narayanpatna said.
Home Ministry wary of Bodo-Gorkha solidarity
The Union Home Ministry is fearing that protests could escalate in the north-east following reports that Bodos and Gorkhas are planning to launch a joint movement to apply pressure on the Centre for their respective statehood demands. Even as backdoor negotiations are in progress between the Ministry and States, the proposed economic blockade in Assam and Darjeeling hills would disrupt crucial supplies to the north-east. Bodo and Gorkha leaders, viewing the announcement of the creation of Telangana as an act of betrayal, are now pressing for statehood all the more aggressively.
So far, the two groups have been carrying out agitations in their respective areas of dominance, but now, Ministry sources say, they are planning to join hands in their identical fight. Government sources say outfits like the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which is strong in the Darjeeling hills, and the Bodoland People’s Front and the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) are closing ranks to devise a joint strategy. As a result, there have been hectic parleys between the Bodo, Gorkha groups and the Centre, Assam and West Bengal governments. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently visited Delhi and held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Bodoland issue.
Bodo leaders, in turn, have met Dr. Singh and Mr. Gogoi, and the latter has promised that tripartite talks would be held among the Centre, States and Bodo groups after August 15. Senior Ministry officials looking after the north-east issues are worried that escalation of protests in Assam and the northern parts of West Bengal could lead to strong demands for more States by Assam’s Karbis, Koch Rajbongshis and Dimasa people, besides the Kukis and Nagas of Manipur. “The announcement for separate Telangana should have been made after taking Bodos and Gorkhas into confidence as they are a major force to deal with in the north-east when it comes to demand for separate statehood. We have always told them there is no policy for announcing new States… But now, the Telangana issue has left us with no answers.
We are trying to hold talks with them and convince them that there are various parameters such as economic viability and strategic issues that decide the issue of statehood. We now foresee tough negotiations from these groups in order to broker peace in the region,” said a senior official. Centre may needto intervene Though the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal has rejected the demand for creation of Gorkhaland and given indications that violent protests will be dealt with toughly, the Centre might have to intervene if the joint agitations manage to cut off the north-east from the country.
“If these groups manage to disrupt railway operations and block food and other supplies to other States in the region, it could be a nightmare situation for the Centre and the State governments… The government can not afford more trouble in a region which has a long history of violence and public unrest,” the Home Ministry official said. According to BPF leader and Kokrajhar MP S.K. Bwiswmuthiary: “After the Telangana announcement, Bodo people are feeling cheated… They will not rest till they achieve a separate Bodoland. We are now geared up for a final agitation with support from other groups. Apart from their unique identity, Bodos feel that the perennial problem of backwardness and development could be addressed only through a separate State.”
Heavy police force deployed in Manipur ahead of Independence Day
Imphal: Heavy police forces have been deployed at the VIP area and market complex in the Manipur capital here ahead of Independence day celebrations which are being boycotted by the Coordination Committee (CORCOM) formed by major insurgent outfits, official sources said on Monday. All persons entering the VIP area at Babupara here where official residential complexes of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and his senior cabinet colleagues are located, have to write their name and address in a register book at the common gate, sources said.
The intense security measures followed explosion of a powerful grenade in front of western gate of Ibobi Singh’s official residence on Saturday by militant outfit People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak-Progressive, sources said. They said heavy forces have been deployed on the western, northern and eastern side of CM’s residence adding that Manipur police headquarters are located at the southern side. Sources said forces attached to Imphal east and Imphal west district police stations have been launching combing operations in the past few days at various localities including Bamon Leikai, Mahabali temple complex, Sanjenthong, Keisampat and others–all surrounding VIP complexes– to detect infiltration of militants in the heart of the capital complex ahead of the I-Day celebrations.
Police and other para-military forces have also been deployed at Paona and Thangal market complexes where most of the shops and houses were being checked, sources said, adding that those who did not have identity cards or proper documents were detained at many places but were later released after proper verification. CORCOM which included United National Liberation Front, Revolutionary People’s Front, Kanglei Yawol Kann Lup and others have been boycotting I-Day and Republic day celebrations every year for more than three decades now in protest against Manipur’s merger with the Indian union in 1949. PTI