Chhattisgarh Police wants revamped road links in Naxal-hit belt
Raipur: To keep a close watch on inter-state movement of Naxals, Chhattisgarh Police has recommended improvement of road connectivity to strategic locations near border areas of Maoist-hit Bastar region. Police have recommended construction of 40 roads in Bastar to help inter-state operations with neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra besides accelerating the economic activities in the area. The recommendation also includes improvement of road connectivity between several police stations for swift mobilisation of security forces in restive Bastar, spread across an area of about 44,000 sq kms. “Secure road connectivity is the backbone of effective anti-Naxal operations and logistic and administrative support. Recently, we have identified different locations and recommended construction of around 40 roads in the region,” Additional Director General of Police (Naxal operations) RK Vij said.
“It includes development of interstate highways and connectivity between several police stations of southern districts namely Sukma, Narayanpur and others,” he said. “We have always got a positive response from the state on our recommendations,” he expressed. Being well acquainted with the dense forests and hilly terrain in the region, the Naxals easily move from one place to other. Contrary to this, security forces face serious trouble in the movement during operations due to lack of road connectivity, an intelligence bureau official said, on condition of anonymity. “In the recent Darbha Naxal incident, cadres fled to Odisha after executing the attack within few hours.To tackle with ultras, during such eventualities we need better routes,” the IB official said.
Highlighting some important inter-state roads, the IB official said a bridge is required to be constructed at Bhopalpatnam of Bijapur district across Indravati River on NH-16 so that Jagdalpur is directly connected to Nizamabad (Andhra Pradesh) and Nagpur (Maharashtra). Likewise, NH-202 is connecting Bijapur via Bhopalpatnam to Hyderabad where 40 kms stretch in Chhattisgarh state is ‘kutcha road’ and a bridge is required across river Chinta Vagu near Bhadrakali. Once it comes up, inter-state operations with AP can be made smoother, he said. Widening and repairing of NH-221, connecting Jagdalpur to Hyderabad via Sukma-Konta, will have the same effect, he said. Also, development and construction activities in Naxal affected areas can be achieved on provision of security cover. “Security component” is an integral part of development, he said. Therefore, 3-4 per cent of the cost of projects in Left Wing extremism areas should be earmarked for the security component, he suggested. PTI
Naxals to take on RSS through city cadres
NAGPUR: The urban cadres of Naxal movements are learnt to be engaged in countering RSS’s hardcore nationalist and pro-Hindutva policy. The banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) aims to start ‘open Revolutionary Organizations’ (ORO), which are platforms based in the metros to achieve their city-oriented goals. A section of the security agencies feel this struggle of the so-called left wing versus the right based in Nagpur can have an unsettling effect on the society in the coming days with the possibility of violent showdown not being ruled out.
The intelligence gathered during interrogations of the arrested and surrendered Naxals, apart from the documents seized during actions, has brought to fore the fact that the Naxals were mainly capitalizing on sentiments of the marginalized sections to take on the domination of the RSS in a section. “Naxals are trying to infiltrate all those communities and groups who nurture hurt sentiments and grudges against the state for being ignored or neglected,” said a senior official on the condition of anonymity. Interrogation report of a senior prominent cadre underlines the fact that Naxals’ urban goals included opposing RSS ideology to ensure that a dent could be made in its support base. Naxals aim to generate a base for themselves in the metros among city intellectuals, working class and their unions or associations, students, youngsters and women.
In order to achieve this, they feel that RSS’s right wing ideology and nationalism could come in the way. The report indicates that the Naxals had now specifically instructed their urban cadres to ‘infiltrate’ the mass base organizations in the cities and ‘breed militancy’ in them. A senior official, engaged in anti-Naxal operations, claimed the violence at Maruti Suzuki’s plant at Manesar where a general manager level official was burnt to death pointed towards Naxal infiltration in workers’ unions. The interrogation report also showed that the Naxals had special ‘mobile education team’ that visits the dalams in the jungle and holds orientation camps where the party’s agenda is tutored and various issues interpreted.
“Several senior urban cadres have confessed to attending special camps where the political awareness as per Naxal ideologies is being imparted. Naxalites consider their urban cadres better vehicle of their political agenda to garner popular support and mass base,” he said. A senior Naxal cadre, nabbed a couple of years ago, had stated during her interrogation that the Naxal top order had now begun to attach much importance to city-based issues and women’s rights. The cadres have been asked to take up local issues and subtly attach them to Naxal ideology. “The rebels’ top order has been instructing their city based operatives to rope in youths and students. The criteria for choosing a prospect are dynamism and leadership qualities,” said a senior cop.
Anti-Maoist operation on high gear in Malkangiri
Anti-Maoist operation has been intensified in the areas surrounding Tulsi hill under Mathili police limits bordering Chhattisgarh following intelligence inputs that Maoists including top cadres from the neighbouring States are trying to enter the district. Considering that entering Malkangiri would be easier for the Red rebels as these places are located about 10 km from Chhattisgarh border, the Central Paramilitary Forces have been deployed in the area to intensify vigil on the border to foil any possible infiltration by the Chhattisgarh Maoist cadres.
According to reports, at least five battalions of Border Security Forces headed by their commandants and Special Operation Group (SOG) commandos of Odisha police have been camping at the other side of the dense Tulsai mountain near river Kolab which divides the two States. As waterway has become a safe passage for the ultras, the security personnel have cordoned off the area to check Maoist influx. All the exit and entry points along the porous inter-state border passing through Mathili area have been put on alert and the police told to keep a close watch on the movement of Chhattisgarh rebels.
The security forces have also been told to coordinate with the local police, said a senior police official who is monitoring the anti-Maoist operation. It is a tough job for the Central forces, that has been assigned to guard the border, to ascertain the identity of Maoists of Chhattisgarh, he said adding that all preventive steps were being taken to stop cross-border movement of Maoists. “We are ready to avert intrusion of Maoists who plan to trigger violence in the district,” said a police official requesting anonymity.