Peoples War in India Clippings 12/9/2013



EXCLUSIVE: Over 1500 Naxal cadres to gather at ‘capital’ in Jamui; security agencies predict a major strike

Jamui: A massive mobilisation campaign of banned leftist outfits including Communist Party of India(Maoist) is learnt to be taking place in the jungles of Jamui district located in the dense jungles near th Bihar-Jharkhand state boundary. If sources from the rebel groups are to be believed, more than 500 Naxal cadres from different states have already gathered at the venue and over thousand are scheduled to arrive at the place in coming week.

Villagers in Chakai, the nearest settlement to the alleged Naxal camps, have confirmed sightings of Naxalites including some notorious local commanders. It is believed that high-ranking CPI (Maoist) cadres from other states are also attending the camp being held apparently to chalk out a plan to free prominent Naxal leaders who are currently in police custody. “A special contingent with nine commandoes at the helm has been formed. These are Chirag Da aka Ramchandra Mahato, Pravesh Da aka Amlesh, Siddhu Koda aka Munshi Koda, Baleshwar Koda aka Mukhiya Ji, Arjun Koda, Dinesh Pandit, Waseer Da aka Rajkumar Yadav, Surang Yadav and Darogi Yadav,” sources in nearby village in know of recent developments told Bhaskar. Fully aware of the looming threat, massive joint combing operations by local police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and State Task Force(STF) have already started in the area.

“We have information of the mobilisation that is taking place in Jamui. An alert has been sent to all police stations in the area. We are confident of dealing with them and thwart their evil designs,” Jitendra Singh Rana, Superintend of Police (SP), Jamui, said. He further informed that the nine commanders who have apparently been selected by the Central Committee to lead the attack have cases against them in Jamui, Banka,Munger and Giridih districts of Bihar and Jharkhand.

Talking about the modus operandi of the rebels, locals said that cadres coming from different states would initially be acclimatised to the new surroundings and made aware of the terrain of the area. Notably, Jamui’s mountainous and jungle terrain have mean that it is a hotbed of Naxal activity in the region. The topography of the place has made access to neighbouring districts of Banka, Munger, Nawada and Lakhisarai quote difficult which hampers rescue operations in case of a strike.

Chattisgarh polling stations may face Naxal threat: EC

New Delhi, Sept 12: The Chattisgarh government has raised concern over naxal threats in 233 of its polling booths across 18 districts in the upcoming assembly elections. They have further stated that in such a case it would be difficult for the polling parties to access them. Hence, senior state officials suggested the Election Commission to allow shifting the polling booths to different areas, away from the 12 naxal-infested assembly segments of south Chhattisgarh and the northern districts of Sarguja and Rajnandgaon.

Palamu cops form special group to deal with Reds

DALTONGANJ: Palamu police have set up special action group (SAG) with 100 young recruits, in line with the quick reaction team (QRT) of the CRPF, to tackle extremist problems communal conflicts. The cadres were made to undergo rigorous training in combat, rescue, jungle warfare, averting land mines. Besides, they were also trained to maintain law and order when situation goes out of control. In times of communal conflict, SAG will play the role of rapid action force. Palamu SP Narender K Singh confirmed the development. Sources said the concept of SAG was the brainchild of K Vijay Kumar, adviser to Governor Syed Ahmed during Presidents’ Rule in Jharkhand.

DGP Rajeev Kumar took the cue and asked SPs to establish SAG, especially in the Naxalite-hit districts to add teeth to the drive against rebels. Sub-inspector M Thakur said with SAG posted across Palamu, dependency on police line will decrease to an extent as one or two platoons of SAG will always be deputed to serve local people as and when required. A police officer agreed to the fact that sometimes police force takes a long time to reach the scene of crime from the police line and this affects the urgency of the purpose. Like CRPF’s QRT which is right on job within minutes, the SAG will serve with the same readiness said Singh. During the passing out parade of recruits in Lesliganj, Kumar said time has come when police in Jharkhand should cut down its heavy dependency on the central paramilitary forces.

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