Five Naxals held for attacking police during polling in Chhattisgarh
Raipur: Five Naxals, including a woman, were arrested in separate search operations in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit Bijapur district for attacking security personnel during first phase polling in the state on November 11. Two cadres were arrested by a team of CRPF, CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) force and district force from the forest under Basaguda police station limits last evening, a senior police official said.
The search party was on a combing operation in Basaguda area, located around 450 km from Raipur, when it spotted two persons fleeing from the forest. After chasing them, security forces nabbed them, he said. During interrogation they admitted their involvement in an attack on security personnel in forests of Tarrem village on November 11 when polling for state Assembly election was held in the region, he said. In another incident, three ultras were held by a joint group of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and district force from the forests of the district’s Bhusapur and Marudbaka villages two days back, the official said. The rebels, reportedly members of Pamed/Usoor area committee of Maoist, were earlier also involved in several crimes including attempt to murder, planting bombs and attacks on police party in the region, he added.
Wet drought: Maoist calls for Vidarbha bandh today
NAGPUR: Maharashtra state committee of banned Communist Party of India ( Maoist) has called for a ‘Vidarbha bandh’ on Tuesday to protest the government’s failure to extend genuine assistance to farmers of eastern Maharashtra, which was severely hit by excess rains and flooding this year. The rebels claimed that police’s repressive policy and natural disaster have taken a heavy toll of farmers in Vidarbha. Issuing a press note, the rebel outfit’s comrade Sahyadri claimed that 200 Vidarbha farmers have ended life in last four months due to various problems.
Highlighting the plight of farmers due to excess rains and flood, the press release underlined that 18 lakhs hectare farms have been devastated in the region and 1.5 lakhs houses destroyed in the incessant rains. The rebels also claimed that the flood has taken a toll on livestock. Slamming the government for paying lip service to affected families, the rebels claimed that Gadchiroli police’s C-60 commandos have tortured several farmers and their family members in the name of anti-Naxal operations.
The rebels have also blamed the police department for arresting several leaders who voiced tribal and farmers concerns. The Naxals have demanded benefits for farmers from the government, including waiving off loans and interest. The rebels have also demanded additional loans for farmers and various facilities for them and their families. The Naxals have also protested against security forces using schools as camps and students for peace rallies organized by them.
Bihar govt soft on Maoists: Intelligence panel to Centre
PATNA: The joint intelligence committee of the Centre has accused Bihar government of being soft on the banned CPI (Maoists) resulting in a 41% increase in Red killings this year compared to the previous year. The intelligence agencies have informed the Centre and the prime minister that Bihar government has not taken effective steps to control Red terror. A report submitted by the committee says, “There has been continual deterioration in most parameters of the counterinsurgency grid in Bihar. Bihar government is soft towards the Maoists.” The report has mentioned that 38 persons, including 25 civilians and 13 securitymen, were killed this year, compared to 25 last year.
It says while there has been a substantial decline in Maoist violence in the country, Bihar has registered an increase. “Our concern is not only a sharp increase in security forces’ casualties but also the fact that not a single Maoist cadre has been killed in counterinsurgency operations this year, compared to five during the same period last year,” the report says. The performance of anti-Maoist grid in the state has been decidedly weak. While 17 encounters with Maoists took place in 2011, the number of cross-firings between security forces and Maoists decreased to 12 in 2012 and till August this year, only six encounters took place in Bihar. Moreover, recovery of weapons has also shown a downward trend – from 171 in 2011 to 47 in 2013.
Though 32 out of 38 districts of Bihar are Maoist-affected, the Red violence this year was confined to only 16 districts. The most affected areas are Gaya, Aurangabad and Jamui districts. The committee suggested concerted action against Maoists in Gaya, Aurangabad and Jamui districts, otherwise it would be detrimental to other states as Maoists find easy passage to Nepal from Jharkhand and other areas. Talking about the Maoist set-up in Bihar, the intelligence committee said that Bihar has been placed under the overall command of Maoists’ Eastern Regional Bureau.
It is the Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee that supervises the activities of different regional and zonal committees across the state. Besides, the outfit has divided Bihar in seven different zones. Maoists also operate through two People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army ( PLGA) companies and an extensive underground network of Jan Militia, Communist Youth League, Krantikari Kisan Committee and Nari Mukti Sangh units.
Kerala Home Minister holds press conference on counter insurgency measures
Minister for Home Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Monday said the State government was planning a multi-pronged approach to tackle the Maoist threat, including the establishment of a special anti-terrorist force. Replying to questions at a press conference here, Mr. Radhakrishnan said the Home Department had decided to strengthen 16 police stations in the tribal areas, in addition to opening Jana Maithri police stations.
The student police scheme would also be implemented in tribal schools, he said. Persons belonging to the Scheduled Tribe communities would be appointed Home Guards and be given other tasks such as monitoring the reach of government welfare programmes and development activities. Such measures would ensure a participatory role for the tribals, besides ensuring more interaction with the local population. Currently, the Thunderbolt force was present in the area.
The government would also requisition the services of Central forces, if necessary, but it did not perceive any threats from the Maoists, the Minister said. In reply to a question, Mr. Radhakrishnan said the participatory programme of the government did not have any resemblance to the Salwa Judum force in Chhattisgarh. The objective of the government was to ensure a participatory role for the tribal population. A joint operation involving the Director Generals of Police of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Police was already in place to monitor the situation, he said.
Maoists create land hurdle for Jharkhand
DALTANGANJ: Maoists in Palamu’s Pipra block have warned villagers against giving land to the state government for construction of administrative buildings. Pipra, 22 km from Harihurganj in Palamu, is strategically located on Bihar border and is one of the important areas for both Maoists and police of the two states. A tender for building a block and a circle offices and a police station was issued about three months ago but due to land problem, work could not be started on the projects.
Reds keep police busy in Jharkhand
RANCHI: A joint team of security forces and police and Maoists exchanged fire in the forests of Mode-Madhukam village in Khunti on Monday evening. Khunti SDPO Ashwini Kumar Sinha said the rebels were the first to fire at the joint team of Jharkhand Jaguar and district police when they were on regular patrolling duty in the forests near Mode-Madhukam, around 70km from Ranchi. According to police, Maoists were holding a meeting when they saw the team and opened fire. Security forces fired in retaliation after which the Maoists fled, said police.
Police fired around 40 rounds in response to which Maoists fired around 30 rounds, though there was no report of casualty. Police recovered four bikes, one pistol, 40 rounds of bullets, one large battery that was being used to light electric bulbs and four sets of Maoist fatigues. No bulb was however found from the site. “A search operation is being conducted in the area,” said Sinha. Security forces in West Singhbhum district recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) on Monday. The explosive was planted by Maoists to target security forces in Kiriburu forests in the district. West Singhbhum SP Pankaj Kamboj said a police team was on patrolling when they detected the explosive.
It was later diffused, he added. The IED was around 20kg. Meanwhile, Latehar police arrested a Maoist courier boy, Sanjay Kumar Singh (22) on Sunday night and seized articles which was meant for Maoists. The boy was produced in a local court and jailed on Monday. The seizures included 25 bags for bullets, 25 green caps, 5 litre oil used for cleaning firearms, two mobile phones and five SIM cards. The articles were brought from Ranchi and were supposed to be delivered in Latehar when the police conducted a raid and arrested him. “The boy has confessed that he was working for rebels. We have interrogated him for more information. Police will act on information received from him,” said Latehar SP Michael S Raj.