Govt goes ‘on air’ to combat Naxalism
To counter Maoist propaganda, national broadcaster All India Radio will play jingles urging villagers and tribals to distance themselves from Naxal groups and instead join the mainstream. The Union Home Ministry, an important department for implementing welfare schemes in Naxal violence-hit areas along with other central and state government agencies, has sanctioned Rs 2.16 crore to the largest and state-owned radio service to air jingles and audio clips promoting welfare schemes and rejecting Naxalism.
The sanction has been made to Prasar Bharti under the national media plan. According to the plan, the jingles will be played for a period of two months in various Naxal violence-hit states. The AIR stations on the Medium Wave and Frequency Modulation will relay the jingles which is part of a multi-pronged strategy of the government to carry out development works in the Left Wing Extremism-affected areas.
One Maoist killed in encounter in Odisha’s Bargarh district
Bargarh (Odisha), Sept 8 (ANI): Police officials have killed one Maoist in an encounter in Odisha’s Bargarh district yesterday. According to police, a Maoist training camp was underway in Bargarh district which was aiming to attack a newly established Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camps and civilians. A joint operation was conducted by the Bargarh district police, CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) in forest areas resulting in a gun battle. Superintendent of Police (SP) of Bargarh Anup Krishna said: “While we were climbing up a hill to conduct an operation, we were fired at from the Maoist camp. To protect ourselves, we shot at the Maoists.
After an hour when we searched the area, we found the body of a 25-years-old male Maoist. A rifle, cartridges, kit bag, explosives and a lot of other things have been found from the area.” Meanwhile, joint operation by CRPF, STF (Special Task Force) and district police in Bihar’s Gaya district was a success after a huge cache of ammunition was nabbed from a Maoist camp in Pathlotia forests in the area. “We have received success in a three-day joint operation by CRPF, STF and Gaya police. We have recovered around 31 hand grenades, a few fuses and a cane bomb weighing 20 kilograms, which was like an explosive,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SP) Nishant Tiwari.
Odisha seeks two more BSF platoons to kick-start offence against Maoists in State
Koraput (Odisha): In order to intensify anti-Maoist operations in Odisha’s Koraput, the administration has sought deployment of more BSF platoons in the district. “We require three more companies of BSF and have placed the demand before security advisor to Union Ministry of Home Affairs K Vijay Kumar during his recent visit here,” a senior police officer said today. Additional forces are required for establishment of a few more permanent camps of the paramilitary forces.
“We are contemplating setting up of three to four camps of central forces in Narayanpatna and Machkund area”, the officer said. In the wake of Maoist killing of BSF men in a landmine blast on NH-26 near Pottangi on August 27, police have prepared a blueprint to deal with the red rebels and require additional forces for this. Official sources said though Maoist offensives have come down in the past few months in Koraput because of intensive operations by security forces, loopholes still exist helping Maoists to execute their attacks.
Seven states, NIA in talks with Jharkhand cops for technology-sharing
RANCHI: A total of seven states, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA), are in talks with Jharkhand police to seek their assistance in the use of technology for better policing. The state police have made smart innovations in the field of information technology to facilitate its officers to control crime, maintain public order and also make thorough investigations. The innovations of the police recently earned them the Skoch Award for improving policing through leveraging communication and information technologies.
The awards were given by UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani in Delhi for the use of information and communication technology in policing, best web portal, crime criminal information system and Maoist information system. Police spokesperson S N Pradhan said, “Police officers from Bihar, UP, Odisha and other states have come to see how we are using technology. They expressed their desire to implement some of the technologies we are using. We will certainly extend the all possible support to them,” said Pradhan.
The NIA, which has been tracking several Maoist cases of Jharkhand, has visited the state police headquarters and sought technical help from them. The NIA officers, who went through the database of the Maoists, were impressed with the system. “They desired to create a similar Maoist information system at the country level,” said DGP Rajiv Kumar. A team of 20 programmers hired by the state police are working to keep the technology running to suit the state police requirements. DGP Kumar on Saturday announced that he would give an award of Rs 1 lakh to the programming team.
Suspected rebel held with arms
JAMSHEDPUR: Security forces arrested a suspected rebel from Chhotanagra police station area of the West Singhbhum district late on Friday. Explosives were also recovered from his possession. “Lakhan Hansda is wanted in the 2011 murder case of an SPO, besides several other cases,” said West Singhbhum SP Pankaj Kamboj. Combing operations against the banned rebel outfit has been intensified and more such recoveries are expected in the days to come.
Confirming the arrest, police said on Saturday, “A can bomb weighing 10 kg, 150 gelatin rods and 105 boosters were recovered from the Baliba village under the Chhotanagra police station area. The joint team of security personnel, consisting of CRPF and district police, recovered the explosives on the information of the suspected rebel arrested earlier in the day.” The recent police encounter in the Porahat forests of Tebo valley has forced the rebels to retreat into the jungle.
But they are waiting to retaliate, said police. A day after encounter with the rebels in the hilly terrain of Porahat jungle on September 4, security forces recovered eight powerful landmines in the Tebo police station area. Police had also demolished the training camp of the rebels built in the dense forest cover. It is learnt that senior Maoist leaders hade been camping there for several days.