IB sounds alert in Red Corridor, the Reds observing ID Day as a Black Day
The Intelligence Bureau has sounded an alert across Maoist-affected states, asking states to be ready to the Reds attacking security forces, schools and rail tracks as part of its effort to observe Independence Day as a “Black Day”. “The outfit may resort to demonstrative acts of violence by targeting security forces and government properties including roads, railways and telecommunication infrastructure,” a senior security officer said, citing an intelligence alert.
The alert – based on a string of inputs received over the past few days – has also listed locations that were on the radar of the Maoists who have killed 237 people this year. “If the Independence Day is a Black Day, do the Maoists want the Britishers to the country,” the official asked. The officer pointed to a campaign by the Maoists to try to hoist black flags and banners on government buildings as well as force people to carry out torch light processions against the State in its strongholds, particularly in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha.
Maoists lodged in jails are also expected to boycott Independence Day celebrations inside jail premises. Government sources indicated that there were reports of mobilisation of Maoists in Bijapur and Kanker districts of Chhattisgarh and block roads in Bastar district too. Senior security officials overseeing the anti-Maoist operations said there were reports of mobilisation by the Maoist cadres and their front organisations in five districts of Jharkhand including West Singhbhum, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Giridih, and Koderma district.“The idea is to make their presence felt and they could target trains passing through the state,” one of them said.
Rise in women cadre involved in Maoist attacks
NEW DELHI: The number of women cadres of the CPI-Maoist involved in attacks and encounters with security forces has increased perceptibly. Women constitute about 30% of Maoist members. About one-third of the Maoists killed in encounters with security forces this year are women.
Of the 65 Maoists killed by security forces this year, 23 are women, said a source. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, minister of state for home affairs R P N Singh said, “In recent incidents of Naxal attacks, participation of a substantial number of female cadres has been observed. A large number of female cadres have also died in exchanges of fire with the security forces.” The Maoist unit that attacked a train in Bihar killing three persons comprised a large number of women cadres.
‘Naxals maintaining close links with Filipino, Turkish groups‘
New Delhi: Naxals are maintaining close ideological links with Maoist organisations in the Philippines, Turkey and some other countries, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State for Home R P N Singh said some senior cadres of Communist Party of Philippines imparted training to members of CPI(Maoist) in 2005 and 2011.
“The CPI(Maoist) maintain close ideological links with Maoist organisations in Philippines and Turkey,” he said in reply to a question. The minister said CPI(Maoist) is also a member of Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia. The Maoist parties of South Asia are members of this conglomerate. Singh, however, said there are no inputs available to indicate that the Naxalites are getting financial assistance and modern weapons from these countries. PTI
Maoist arrested with cache of arms
Raipur: A hardcore Naxal has been arrested with a cache of arms and ammunitions from Maoist hit-Kondagaon district in Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday. Acting upon specific information, a joint group of Quick Response Team of state police and a team of local police nabbed Kuma Korram (30) from his native place Aadnar under Bayanar police station limits Tuesday evening, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri said.
Later, following information given by him, five muzzle loading guns and one tiffin bomb, weighing 2 kg, was recovered from nearby Rengagodi hills, the ASP said. Korram, who is the chief of Jantana Sarkar group of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Aadnar had joined the movement in 2006. Since then he was involved in several incidents of crime including murder, landmine explosion, both capturing during elections, arms and ammunition loot etc, the ASP said. He was carrying a reward of Rs 8,000 on his head. Korram was today produced in a local court of Kondagaon which sent him to jail, the ASP added. PTI
Security forces corner Reds in West Singhbhum
JAMSHEDPUR: An over three-hour gunbattle on Tuesday between joint forces and CPI(Maoist) cadres in the mineral-rich West Singhbhum ended with the rebels retreating into the Saranda jungle. The joint forces, comprising CRPF jawans and police personnel, successfully cornered the Maoists who fled into the nearby Saranda jungle along Ganjara village. No report of casualty was obtained. Police recovered belongings of the ultras which were lying strwen in the jungle area when police reached the site. “Few utensils, Maoist literature, clothes (of both men and women) were recovered by the police,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police, Kolhan Division, Arun Kumar Singh.
The top police official further said about 50 Maoist rebels opened fire on the forces when it reached the site but the men in uniform were able to confront them. “The encounter began around 9am and lasted for over three hours,” said the DIGP adding that the security personnel had reached the remote area on tip-off about the presence of the Maoists there. Police, on record, did not inform exactly how many rounds of firing was made by the two sides but sources said several rounds of intermittent firing was made by the rebels that evoked befitting retaliation from the cops.
According to the district police, a massive search operation has been launched in the forest cover under Tebo police station area and in adjoining places within the forest cover to nab the rebels. “The search operation will continue as we have sound information about the Maoists camaping in this part of the jungle,” said a police sub inspector who was part of the team that fought gun battel with the rebels. In the last few weeks, the joint team of paramiltary and district police has intesnfieid its operation in the Maoist hit areas of the district resulting in successful arrest of the several hard-core Maoists.