Spurt in Naxal activity likely in separate ‘T’: DGP
Director General of Police B. Prasada Rao has said that the administration was concerned about Naxalite activity picking up in separate Telangana because of the leadership of CPI (Maoist). In an informal chat with media persons here on Wednesday, Mr. Rao said Naxalites were not active in the State presently, barring north-coastal districts of Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and East and West Godavari.
“There are some apprehensions that the Maoist cadre and leaders who mostly belonged to north Telangana districts could return to the region if the region got Statehood.” The issue also figured in the meetings of the Central government-appointed Task Force that toured the State recently. The delegation broadly deliberated the distribution of police force.
Six landmines recovered during anti-Naxal operation in Tebo jungle
Security forces on Wednesday recovered six landmines during an anti-Naxal operation in Tebo jungle in adjoining West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. Security personnel comprising of para-military forces and district armed police force recovered six landmines, combat uniforms and medicines from the Naxal stronghold of Tebo jungle, DIG (Kolhan) Arun Kumar Singh said. Singh said the operation, which began three days ago, continued even on Wednesday.
Suspected ‘bomb’ at C’garh MLA’s house creates panic
Bastar, Chhattisgarh: Security personnel reportedly found 50 kg of explosives on Wednesday in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, where both Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi will address rallies today. The state police ruled out any threat to the leaders as the bombs were found far from the sites of today’s rallies – around 200 km from Kondagaon, the venue of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s rally, and some 300 kms from Kanker where Mr Modi is to address a rally. Sources said two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) of 25 kg each were found and defused in Chintalnar in interior Bastar, known for Maoist violence.
Suspected Left-wing Rebels Kill 2 in India
Suspected left-wing guerrillas have killed two people in the central Indian state Jharkhand, said police on Thursday. The attack took place Wednesday in the state’s Khuti district around 70 km from the state capital Ranchi. One of the killed was an activist of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Bihar announces rewards on seven Maoist leaders
PATNA: The Bihar government has announced a reward of Rs 3-5 lakh for the capture of seven top Maoist leaders, police said on Thursday. A reward of Rs 5 lakh has been declared for Arvind Kumar alias Arvind Singh, a member of the central committee of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist. A reward of Rs 3 lakh has been announced for Vijay Yadav alias Sandip, who is a member of the special area committee that covers Bihar, Jharkhand and northern Chhattishgarh.
Similar rewards have been declared for Shiv Shankar Dhobi alias Tayagi, Parvesh alias Anuj, Ram Babu Ram, Prajapat and Chirag. Most of these Maoist leaders are from Jehananbad, Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui and Motihari, considered strongholds of Maoists.
State mulling fresh options to counter Maoists
CRPF units may be deployed for combing forests
The State government is looking at fresh options, including deploying the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), for combing operations in the forest areas of north Kerala in the wake of the frequent sighting of suspected cadres of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the region. Top sources told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the search operations of the Thunderbolt commando force of the Indian Reserve Battalion had yielded no positive results in Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Palakkad districts. Recently a 40-member team had carried out raids following reports about the presence of uniformed Maoists at the Naripetta and Vilangad regions in Kozhikode district bordering Wayanad and Kannur districts.
Less than a fortnight ago, an earth mover was torched allegedly by Maoists at Chooranimala in Kavilumpara panchayat in the limits of the Thottipalam police station. This was one of the incidents relating to a crime activity in the district, a senior officer said. Already the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had alerted the State police about the formation of the new Kabani Dalam (armed squad) of Janakeeya Vimochana Guerilla Sena at the tri-junction of the Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu borders.
Several other Dalams, including the Netravathi, are active in the Dakshina Kannada side as well as in Tamil Nadu. As early as 2011, the tri-junction had shown signs of secret movement after the operations of ‘Green Hunt’ by the CRPF against Naxalites and developed into a perspective area (Maoist terminology for identifying a particular region, surveying the area and building up its organisational base) for the CPI (Maoist). Intelligence agencies say that the organisation could have now formed the guerrilla squad in Wayanad after infiltrating the local populace and subsequently conducting training camps in the forests.
These activities are part of new guerrilla zone in Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee in the tri-junction. So far, the government has incurred an expense of Rs 11.5 crore on purchasing vehicles and equipment for the Thunderbolt commando for curbing the activities of Maoists in the State. Sources said the distribution of the news bulletin of ‘Kattuthee’ (forest fire) among houses in Wayanad and Kozhikode districts recently announcing agitations against the imperialistic and anti-people government signalled that the CPI (Maoist) had arrived in the State. The bulletin warns against evicting Adivasis in the name of protecting forests and preserving tiger sanctuaries and against exploiting tribal people by police and forest officials.
The banned Left radical outfit has demanded that the government stop all revenue recovery proceedings against the debt-ridden farmers. The CPI (Maoist) has also planned to set up people’s court for trial of elected representatives, including legislators, for failure to prevent suicide by farmers. It has also threatened to punish the perpetrators of crime against Dalit women and eliminate the practice of moneylenders charging usurious rate of interest and private financial establishments, the sources said.
’Maoists suspected of using phone jammers’
Kozhikode: When Maoists had reportedly arrived at the tribal belt of Vilangad Vavad Colony in Kozhikode, mobile phones in the region were skirted out of coverage area. This had led to the assumption that the Maoist group had phone jammers with them since no one could make a call from the place during their 45-minute stay in the place. Two mobile networks are said to cover the Vilangad Vavad tribal colony. But when two youths tried to inform the police about the presence of the Maoists, their phones failed to respond. Though some women in the households had phones with them they were afraid to take them out before the gun-totting Maoists.