Naxal ideologues ‘more dangerous’ than armed cadres: Govt
New Delhi: With violence perpetrated by Naxals continuing, the Centre has said that ideologues of the Maoists are more dangerous than the armed cadres who have killed more than 8,100 civilians and policemen since 2001. Terming the activities of Naxals as serious impediment to the nation-building process, the government has told the Supreme Court that the rebels have destroyed thousands of development and infrastructure facilities and kidnapped proactive, sincere district collectors to prevent development from reaching the poor.
“In the meantime, the ideologues and supporters of the CPI (Maoist) in cities and towns have undertaken a concerted and systematic propaganda against the state to project the state in a poor light and also malign it through disinformation. “In fact, it is these ideologues who have kept the Maoist movement alive and are in many ways more dangerous than the cadres of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army,” the home ministry has said in an affidavit in the apex court.
CRPF officer booked for leaking information on security operations to Naxals
The Gaya police on Thursday registered a case against a CRPF assistant commandant, Sanjay Kumar Yadav, posted in the Naxal-affected area of Barachatti (Gaya), on charges of leaking crucial information on security operations to the Naxals. Confirming this, Inspector General of Police (Operations) Amit Kumar said Yadav was being interrogated, and was likely to be arrested. “He had been providing information related to the anti-Naxal operations of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Task Force (STF), as well as the activities and operations of the CRPF’s CoBRA unit,” said Kumar. “The leakage of information was posing grave danger to the security of our forces,” he said.
“We have telephone records and other clinching and crucial evidence against the officer,” said the IG. When contacted, CRPF IG (Operations) Zulfiquar Hasan said they had initiated a “parallel inquiry” into the case. “The Bihar Police got in touch with us regarding the allegations against the CRPF officer. We also want to get to the bottom of this… to what extent the officer was helping the Maoists. We have lost over 1,000 men in anti-Naxal operations and this is a very serious issue for us,” he said. According to sources, Yadav’s role came to light following the arrest of a Naxal leader, Pradip Yadav, who was active in the Gaya-Aurangabad area, by the STF on Thursday. The CRPF officer has been booked under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Police infrastructure to tackle Maoists in Telangana robust: Government
HYDERABAD: Stating that the existing police infrastructure in Telangana is fairly robust, the ministry of home affairs (MHA), in its report to the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana, has cautioned that the ongoing agitations against the bifurcation and subsequent formation of Telangana state may provide a window of opportunity to the banned CPI (Maoist) to regain its ground in the region. In view of the state bifurcation issue,the MHAs naxal management division has prepared a report on Left Wing Extremism (LWE) situation in Andhra Pradesh and circulated the copy to the GoM. Additional secretary, MHAs naxal management division, Rajeev Sharma is also part of the special task force formed by the MHA to look into various law and order issues related to the state bifurcation and the head of the task force, K Vijay Kumar, also met the GoM in Delhi on Thursday.
As per the prognosis of the naxal management division about the LWE status post bifurcation in Telangana,the twomonth old agitation in Seemandhra in protest against the division of the state necessitated relocation of security forces from Telangana to Seemandhra and this stretched the limitations of the security apparatus in Telangana.The Maoists, eagerly waiting for an opportunity to regain their lost ground in Telangana, may start supporting some overground organizations and they might intensify their political activities by targeting socially marginalized groups like tribals and dalits to enhance their base, the report,acopy of which is available with TOI, said.
As Telangana has a history of strong militant base with a large number of central committee members and overground CPI (Maoist) leaders belonging to the region,they would exploit issues like Polavaram, Singareni Colliery and bauxite mining project by manipulating the affected population from socially marginalized sections.Unless the anti-Naxalite initiatives continue,the Maoists would intensify their efforts to manipulate the situation in their favour, it added.
If there is any perceptible weakening of security apparatus and resolve on the anti-Naxalite front,the Maoists who have formidable armed capabilities in guerilla zones contiguous to Telangana border in Chattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra states will make forays into the newly-formed state. The current agitational programmes against the bifurcation and subsequent formation of Telangana state will possibly provide a window to the Maoists to regain its ground in Telangana and,hence,adequate counter measures need to be put in place, the report suggested. It, however, ended by saying the existing police infrastructure in Telangana region is fairly robust.
Of the 23 districts in Andhra Pradesh, 15 districts,including seven from Telangana – Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy and Warangal – were classified as LWE affected,according to the report. Since 2008,169 incidents of LWE-related violence were reported in the seven Telangana districts in which 69 persons lost their lives. Of the LWE-related violence,maximum incidents were reported from Khammam and Visakhapatnam districts. There has been a significant fall in LWE-related violence during the past one year in Telangana.In 2012,28 incidents of LWE-related violence were reported in which 11 persons lost their lives where as till September 30 in 2013,seven incidents were reported in which three persons lost their lives.
Chhattisgarh polls: Security beefed up ahead of second phase
Raipur: The police has beefed up security ahead of the second phase of polls, after recovery of a huge explosives from Maoist-affected Gariyaband district of Chhattisgarh. Fourteen tiffin bombs and live cartridges, besides other “Maoist-related items” were recovered after an encounter with naxals in the Chuura police station limits of Gariyaband bordering, Odisha state, the police said. The encounter between security forces from the Mahasamund district and the Maoists took place in the forests of the Gaurmudi village, after which explosives and live cartridges were recovered, said Mahasamund superintendent of police Deepak Jha.
Security forces were mobilised from Komakhan police station limits of Mahsamund along the interstate border of Chhattisgarh and Odisha for the operation, he said. After crossing an area falling in Odisha, when security forces reached the forests of Gaurmudi village, the rebels opened fire on them and fled, after security forces retaliated, he said. Later, 14 tiffin bombs, four detonators, eight live cartridges, AK 47 rifle rounds, one live self-loading rifle cartridge, wire, batteries, Maoist documents and items of daily use were recovered from the spot, he said.