JAP capable to take on ultra outfits in Jharkhand:DGP
Medininagar (Jharkhand): Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) is efficient and capable enough to take on the ultra outfits in the state, Director General of Police (DGP) of Jharkhand, Rajeev Kumar said on Friday. JAP is efficient and capable to fight the ultra and naxal groups in the state and can produce better results if co-ordination between JAP and other wings of state police is improved, Kumar, who was in Lesligunj to take part in passing out parade of JAP jawans in Palamau district.
The DGP said JAP can take on the naxalites and other ultra outfits on its own without the help of anyone. A meeting between the officials of JAP and other wings of state police at regular interval was needed to improve the co-ordination among them, he said. We have framed a strategy to deploy JAP in jungles affected by the naxal menace as well as rural pockets of the state, the DGP said while emphasising the need for better training. Kumar said we plan to set up a police training academy in the state soon to provide better training to our personnel. PTI
Fight against naxals: Bihar’s security record draw Centre’s ire
NEW DELHI: The Centre has pulled up the Nitish Kumar-government over its poor record on development and security in fight against the Naxals. Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami is learnt to have recently written to the Bihar Chief Secretary, Ashok Kumar Sinha, expressing the Centre’s deep concern over the situation in Bihar regarding the state’s response to Naxal violence. A senior government official told ET that Bihar is the only state this year where incidents of Naxal violence have not dropped while the casualties caused by the Naxals have increased. The attacks on police in Bihar have increased while the arrests of Naxalites have dropped by almost half compared to last year, the official said.
Signalling further trouble, the home ministry data compiled till August 8 shows Bihar is the worst among the Naxal-affected states on utilization of development funds given under UPA’s showpiece Integrated Action Plan (IAP) scheme. Almost 33% of the funds sent to Bihar under IAP, which has 11 districts under the scheme, are lying unutilized while states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have utilized 89% of their funds and the utilization levels in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa are around 79%. The steady Naxal violence in Bihar is troubling as was pointed out by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his Independence Day speech.
“We have not been successful in preventing Naxal attacks that happen from time to time,” the PM said. The Home Ministry’s letter to the Bihar government reportedly went earlier this month after a Naxal strike on the base camp of a private road construction company in Aurangabad on July 17. The Maoists not only managed to kill three policemen, two private security guards and a civilian but also succeeded in looting 30 sophisticated weapons, including 15 INSAS rifles, 12 self-loading rifles and three AK-47 rifles in addition to 2,500 rounds of ammunition. A government official said this is the biggest incident of arms looting by Naxals in recent times.
On June 13, Naxals had attached the Patnabound Dhanbad-Patna Inter-city express in district Lakhisarai, killing three persons. Before this, Naxals had carried out a spectacular strike in Gaya district on February 22, killing 7 policemen and a civilian.
Gram panchayat member held, landmine device recovered
Jhargram: Police on Friday arrested an elected Gram Panchayat member belonging to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) for his alleged links with Maoists from Jhargram police district of West Bengal. Sukumar Murmu, the Gram Panchayat member, was arrested following a tip-off and a landmine device recovered from his house at Basantapur village, Jhargram superintendent of police Bharati Ghosh said. This was part of a series of operations launched at various Maoist affected areas of Lalgarh and Jhargram where a bomb concealed in a tiffin box was defused earlier in the day, the SP said. Murmu was being questioned by the police on his alleged links with the Maoists, Ghosh said. Meanwhile, in a separate operation, the CRPF’s 184 battalion recovered two guns and seven cartridges from nearby Birhani and Simli forest areas.
Campaigner for tribals detained under NSA
Chennai: He is not yet as ‘famous’ as Binayak Sen but rights activist A Manuvel, barely 27, is already considered ‘dangerous’ to national security as the police have locked him under the National Security Act after he held a seminar on the tiger reserve project in Sathyamangalam. Even as the social networking sites across the country are hotly debating his detention in the Coimbatore jail since the last two months, the NSA board heard his defense last week and is expected to pronounce verdict shortly. “Manuvel fought for the rights of the tribals of Sathyamangalam, who could be evicted by the tiger reserve project”, said his wife Agarathi, an advocate practising at Madurai.
“He circulated pamphlets and talked about the struggle led by tribals in north India for winning their rights. For this, he was arrested and detained under the NSA quoting nine old cases filed against him for agitating for public causes during his student days at the Madurai law college during 2007-10”. The NSA is usually resorted to by the police to detain up to a year an anti-social/anti-national posing threat to national security and social order. Activists however complain that the Act has been often used to curb the freedom of social campaigners to agitate about public issues. According to Agarathi, her husband moved the Madras high court seeking permission to hold his tiger seminars and even got a favourable order. “But before the hard copy of the judgement could reach him, the local police arrested him citing threat to the security of the State”, she said.
The detention order signed by the Erode district collector said it was necessary to detain Manuvel “with a view to prevent him from acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order and security of the State”. He also said Manuvel had started several organisations under the umbrella of CPI (Maoist) and enrolled members by claiming to work for the uplift of the downtrodden and tribals, while actually planning to trigger armed revolt against the State—an allegation stoutly denied by wife Agarathi.
Assam Rifles attacked along Manipur-Myanmar border
Assam Rifles personnel were attacked by people suspected to be militants along the Manipur-Myanmar border on Friday morning at the village of Kuki. None of the personnel were injured. Sources said the incident took place at 8:50 am on T-Minou Kuki village, 2 km away from the headquarters of 9 Assam Rifles located near the international gate at Moreh. The powerful foreign made bomb was detonated by a remote control when some personnel were passing by.
One water tanker was hit by the shrapnel. The Assam Rifles personnel were escorting the water tanker from a facility there. Additional forces rushed there for launching a combing operation. However, it drew a blank since it was believed that the militants had escaped to their hideouts by merely crossing the international border. Vigilance has been stepped up and the international border has been sealed off to check movement of the insurgents. Until now, no organisation had claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack.
Bomb blast, strike mar Independence Day in M’pur
Two bombs exploded Thursday even as Independence Day was celebrated in Manipur amid boycotts called by separatists. No casualty was reported in both the blasts. One of the blast occurred on the roadside at Moirangkhom along the Imphal-Moreh section of NH-2, only around 250 metre away from the 1st Manipur Rifles battalion headquarters where the state level Independence Day celebration function was held. The explosion did not disturbed the state level celebration function which was attended by state chief minister, his cabinet colleagues, MLAs and other dignitaries as it exploded around 8.20 am, about one hour ahead the scheduled commencement of the function.
There was no report of any casualty. Top officials of the state police including inspector general (law and order-1) L Kailun rushed to the spot immediately and investigated the incident. In follow up action of the police, 11 youths were picked by the police from nearby the blast site and released them after verification at Imphal police station. Bomb experts from Assam Rifles with sniffer dogs conducted a search operation if there were more bombs in and around the area. Another bomb suspected to have been planted by separatists went off along the Imphal-Porompat near the office of the Imphal east district deputy commissioner this afternoon, around 4 pm.
The blast site was only a few metre away from a public ground adjacent to the DC office complex where the district level Independence Day celebration was held. The bomb (IED) went off after the celebration function was over. Amidst the general strike called by separatists as part of boycott, the state level 67th Independence Day was celebrated with heavy security cover at the parade ground of 1st battalion of Manipur Rifles.
Addressing the occasion, chief minister O Ibobi spelled out government stands on various issues concerning the state while highlighting the various developmental works being taken up by his government for bringing a balance development between hills and valley areas of the state. Stating that Manipur is an independence state of India, the chief minister maintained that the sovereignty demand raised by the separatists groups of the state was a meaningless agenda. “It is impossible to gain freedom after gaining freedom,” Ibobi said, appealing all armed groups to come out for dialogue. Some of them (armed groups) had already come out talks are on to settle all their outstanding demands through talks in the table.
Regarding the separate statehood demand of the KSDC and alternative arrangement demand of the UNC, he reaffirmed government stand to not compromise at any demand tantamount to breaking territorial integrity of the state. Statehood and other demands will never be achieved as state government stand on its territorial integrity is very clear and government will never compromise state’s territorial integrity, he stated. The demands may be possible when “the sun rises from the west,” he maintained and urged all to come out and work together for the uplift of the society leaving aside the caste differences. With regard to apprehension of losing state’s land to Myanmar because of the fencing, the chief minister maintained that there was no question of losing any territory of the state. Taking a tough stand on the territorial issue of Manipur, state government has constituted a committee to monitor the border fencing, he said, asserting that his government was very serious on the matter.
Normal life was severely hit owing to the general strike called by various underground groups including CorCom, a conglomerate of six major armed groups of the state as part of boycott of the Independence Day of India. Streets in Imphal city wore a deserted look as all kinds of public transports and private vehicles stayed of the road. Business and commercial activities across the state, particularly in Imphal brought to a grinding halt. Apart from CorCom and other Northeast UG, Maoist Communist Party Manipur, United Revolutionary Front (URF) and Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP)-Military Council imposed the general strike separately calling a boycott to the celebration of Independence Day celebration in the state.