22 IEDs recovered from Naxal-hit areas of Jharkhand
RANCHI: Effecting a major recovery of explosives in Naxal-hit areas, security forces have seized as many as 22 IEDs in the state. The operation carried out by CRPF’s special anti-Naxal operations force CoBRA and local police was carried out in Amwatikar and Manika areas of Latehar district of the state since yesterday. A total of 22 live Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have been recovered in the operation, a senior official said. The operation to locate more such explosives and defuse them are on, they said.
MHA alert: Ganapathy in Abujhmad
Security forces claimed to have spotted top Maoist leader Mupalla Laxman Rao alias Ganapathy in the dense forest of Abujhmad trying to organise a meeting of cadres to carry out attacks ahead of Chhattisgarh elections. While it is being considered a headway in the hunt for Rao, it has put security forces on their toes. In an alert to Naxal-affected states, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said CPI(Maoists) continue “assiduous preparations” for largescale mobilisation of cadre, assembling and planting of IEDs on polling routes and booths, and forming small teams to locate ambush points to target polling parties and security forces.
Large groups of armed Maoists, along with senior leaders, have been noticed since October 1 in Narayanpur, Bijapur and Kanker districts. “With regard to elections, several small teams were assigned specific tasks to locate suitable ambush points, plant IEDs, detain polling parties and loot EVMs during meetings where suitable awards with promotions were announced for cadres on successful completion of assigned tasks,” the alert said.
The MHA has asked security forces to step up anti-Naxal operations in Maoist strongholds in Chhattisgarh and adjoining districts in Maharashtra and Orissa. “The security forces must remain in mission mode during the entire electoral process and ensure peaceful elections,” an MHA advisory said. The Maoists have directed government teachers not to participate in election duty. “In Dantewada district, the outfit has asked some villagers to leave their village on November 10 and ensure none except children and the old remain in the village on polling day. In Sukma district, some villagers were asked to keep themselves away from polling booths, polling parties as well as four-wheelers from November 10,” it said. The MHA said there have been inputs indicating procurement of incendiary materials and purchase of a vehicle by the outfit for executing its plan to disrupt polls.
“The CPI (Maoist) is collecting names and mobile numbers of SHOs, sarpanchs and details regarding buildings where security forces would be accommodated,” it said. Directing strict security drill, the Ministry said security of polling parties and EVMs needs to be strengthened in view of fresh inputs. Road-opening parties have been instructed to be alert. Identifying likely ambush spots, dismantling IEDs and other precautions were suggested. The Centre also advised the Chhattisgarh government to work in coordination with Orissa and Maharashtra to check cross-border movement of Naxals.
Dharamveer Mahto alias Badalji (25), a suspected Naxalite, was arrested by the police on Monday from village Ataulla on the border of Patna and Arwal districts under Paliganj police station. The cops had prior information about Dharamveer’s visit to the village, said sources. Paliganj SHO Naseem Ahmed on Monday said Mahto was arrested in 2010 with a large consignment of explosives and firearms. After serving jail term for almost a year and a half, he came out and joined the Naxalites’ activities, the SHO added.
Maoist dump unearthed by BSF
Parvathipuram (Vizianagaram): Security forces unearthed a Maoist dump very close to Tolamandiaguda village in Narayanapatna block of Odisha’s Koraput district, nearly 40 km from here, on Monday. Border Security Force (BSF) jawans of the 28 Battalion of Narayanapatna found the dump at a farm field hardly 50 metres from the village entrance while on a combing operation. The dump included a country-made pistol, a large quantity of medicines, one black bag and a lot of revolutionary literature in Telugu. According to assistant command of the battalion, Prasanth Kumar Sarma, so far BSF had unearthed more than 15 dumps in the district and security personnel were continuously conducting combing operations.
Kerala to form anti-terror force
KOZHIKODE: The state will form an anti-terror force to tackle the Maoist menace and allot Rs 3.15 crore for development of infrastructure in 14 police stations, home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told reporters here on Monday. He said the government was viewing the presence of Maoists in Kerala with due seriousness. Three companies of armed police will be deployed in Kuttiady, where Maoists were spotted recently.
The personnel will be provided an additional pay of Rs 1,000 a month. The minister said special home guards would be deployed in areas frequented by Maoists in the past few months. The members of Home Guards will be selected from tribal areas. He said the Maoists were trying to exploit the sentiments of tribals. IG B Sandhya is engaged in a study on the exploitation among adivasis in Kerala. The details of the report pertaining to each department will be shared with departments concerned.
The DGPs of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will oversee the police action in the tri-junction area, where the Maoists are concentrated, he said. Meanwhile, police have started a probe to verify the Maoist claim that they had taken away explosives from the Mukkam granite quarry at Kavilumpara near Thottilpalam when they torched the earthmover on October 22. In a CD sent to some media organisations here, Maoists had shown the video of explosives – gelatin stick, fuse, detonators and ammonium nitrate — they took away from the quarry. “The quarry owners had denied that they had stored explosives at the quarry but we are verifying their statement. It is possible that they are lying as they didn’t have the licence to store them,” an officer said.
Odisha judge gets used bullets, detonator in parcel
A judge in Odisha Tuesday received a parcel containing a threat letter, two used bullets and an obsolete detonator, police said. The parcel, which arrived through the postal department’s speed post, was received at the office of Debasis Panda, sub-judge at Koraput town, about 500 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar. Inspector in charge of Koraput police station S.C. Raiguru said police have seized the parcel and started investigations.
“No one has been arrested yet,” he told IANS. The name of the sender is mentioned as one Kameswar Rao. The letter which bears the name of the Communist Party of India-Maoist has accused the sub-judge of not giving justice to the people and torturing them on false charges. In the letter, the judge has been warned that he would have to face the consequences if he does not mend his ways.