Peoples War in India Clippings 7/9/2013


Jharkhand police upload Naxal Information System

Jharkhand police have uploaded information about 16,000 Naxalites and their supporters in its digital information system and put in place anti-virus software for its protection. “The Naxal Information System has a database of 16,000 Naxalites and profiles of 19 Naxal organisations,” Inspector General of Police (CID) Anurag Gupta said on Saturday. The information about Naxalites is, however, not in the public domain, senior scientist, National Informatics Centre,(NIC) Jharkhand, D Nayak said, adding that the anti-virus software had been given to the users in the police department for its protection. Police pursing extremists could share the information as Jharkhand is moving ahead in its war against the left-wing extremism which affected 20 of the total 24 districts, he said.

Additional Director General of Police  S N Pradhan expressed satisfaction at the success of his young and dedicated team enabling Jharkhand Police to bag Skoch Award,2013 on September 2 for Implementation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in policing, Best Web Portal,Criminal Information System and Naxal Information System. “It’s the dedication and silent work by the team for six long years that has brought this moment of glory for Jharkhand police,” Pradhan said and described receiving the awards from UIADI Chairman Nandan Nilekani in New Delhi was an honour for Jharkhand Police. Congratulating the team on Saturday, Jharkhand Police chief Rajeev Kumar announced Rs one lakh for its members.

‘Anti-Maoist operation to be intensified’

Operation against outlawed Maoists who have posed a serious challenge to the internal security of the country will be intensified further by the state police and paramilitary forces soon, said Security Advisor to Union Home Ministry (UHM) on anti-Naxal operation K Vijay Kumar. Talking to mediapersons outside the district police office during his visit on Friday, Kumar said the operation will not take us very far unless developmental concerns are also effectively addressed.

“The two-pronged strategy that we have followed so far needs to be strengthened and pursued with vigour,” he added. “Even as we intensify our efforts to strengthen the security and intelligence apparatus in areas affected by Maoist violence, we should be able to ensure that people residing in Left wing extremist affected areas are able to live in an environment of peace and security and derive full benefits of development efforts,” Kumar added.

While environmental issues are undoubtedly important, it is vital to keep in mind the backwardness of the area and the challenge posed by the extremists, he asserted. Underlining the need for better coordination between the State police and the Central forces like BSF and CRPF in Odisha and Chhattisgarh to take on the Maoists more effectively, he said the anti-Maoist operation is heading on the right track.

Police work out ways to contain Reds

KORAPUT: Top police officers of Odisha and Chhattisgarh chalked out strategies to check Maoist menace in inaccessible and bordering areas of the states, at a meeting in Malkangiri on Friday. Security advisor to the Union ministry of home affairs K Vijaya Kumar presided over it. They deliberated upon ways on sharing intelligence inputs and better coordination during joint operations in border areas.

The meeting assumes significance following spurt in Maoist activities since rebels attacked a Congress convoy killing 28 persons at Dharba ghati in Chhattisgarh bordering Malkangiri in May. Discussions were also held on deployment of additional central forces near Tulsi Dongor on the Odisha side to check infiltration of Maoists into Malkangiri. Police said Tulsi Dongor has always been a safe place for Red rebels to hide because of the thick forest cover and no permanent security camp.

While 90% of Tulsi Dongor lies in Chhattisgarh, the remaining is in Odisha. “As forces are deployed on the Chhattisgarh part of Tulsi Dongor, Maoists intrude inside Malkangiri after executing any offensive. So, emphasis was laid on deployment of forces permanently at Tulsi Dongor,” an officer present at the meeting said. Development of Malkangiri and Bastar were also discussed. “Development and operations have to go hand in hand to completely control Maoists,” the officer said. The meeting was attended by director of anti-Maoist operations Deepak Kedia, IG (operations) CRPF of Chhattisgarh, DIG (BSF) Malkangiri, IG of Bastar and SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh.

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