Home ministry urges DoT to speed up process of installing mobile network in naxal-affected areas
Keeping in view the upcoming assembly elections in naxal- affected Chhattisgarh, the home ministry has urged the telecom department to sped up the process of installing mobile networks in naxal affected zones. Chhattisgarh which has recently seen a spurt in violent activities by Maoists is going to second phase of polls on November 19. In an internal note to the telecom department the home secretary Anil Goswami said that Chhattisgarh is one of the worst naxal affected states and conducting peaceful elections will be a big challenge for the state administration in absence of uninterrupted mobile coverage. The home ministry has also urged the telecom department to consider sending truck mounted base stations to help security forces smoothly conduct the second phase of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh.
Four Naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh
They were nabbed from the forests of Gorna hills of the Naxal-affected region by a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and district police force this evening. Four Naxals including three women were on Wednesday arrested in connection with the attack on a polling booth in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said. They were nabbed from the forests of Gorna hills of the Naxal-affected region by a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and district police force this evening.
During November 11 polls in the Bastar region, rebels had attacked Mankeli polling booth in Bijapur district. No one was injured in the attack. After getting information about the movement of Naxals involved in the attack on Mankeli polling booth, security personnel were mobilised last evening. Today, forces reached to the Gorna hills after cordoning off the entire region and rounded up four people. Naxal literature, banners calling for boycott of polls, crackers, bow-arrow and Naxal fatigues were recovered.
Those arrested were identified as Kaadti Parmila, a member of Naxals’ Military Company II; Odi Sunny, militia platoon member; Madkam Sunny, militia platoon member; and Sodhi Puska, a male cadre. Chhattisgarh government has declared Rs 1 lakh reward on military company members. Kadti Parmila was involved in murder, attempt to murder, loot, encounters and several other crimes in the region since 2007, police said.
400 spiked booby traps recovered in Chhattisgarh
New Delhi: About 400 spiked wooden blocks planted to trap and maim patrol and election duty personnel were recovered by security forces as they were looking for hidden landmines in Naxal-affected Bastar area of Chhattisgarh. Sources said these blocks had sharp nails and chiseled metal rods which would act as deadly booby traps once security men or poll parties walk over them. “While the forces were looking for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to defuse them, they were surprised to find these innovative traps. Close to 400 such death clutches were recovered from Bijapur district alone,” a senior official said.
As compared to the last Assembly polls of 2008, where four persons were killed in 48 incidents in these areas during the poll day, one security personnel was killed in a total of 17 incidents that took place on November 11, the sources said. The first phase of polls were held on this day in the state which covered all the Naxal violence-affected areas. The second phase of polling is scheduled for November 19. Over 56,400 personnel of central paramilitary forces were inducted afresh in the state for the first phase of polls in the state.