DGPs, IGPs to discuss cyber security, counter-terrorism, anti-Naxal operations
New Delhi, Nov.20 (ANI): Key issues such as cyber security, anti-Naxal operations and ways to improve counter-terrorism efforts are expected to dominate discussions at this year’s annual conference of directors general of police and inspectors general of police. The three-day conference to be inaugurated by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday, will deliberate on making police stations nerve centres of all activities pertaining to anti-Naxal operations. This will include a focus on ways to improve the gathering of hard intelligence, planning field operations, identification of gap areas in implementation of various developmental schemes and co-ordination among various government departments.
Since the social media is intimately linked with freedom of expression and has become a preferred means of communication for millions of people, the conference would deliberate on ways to ensure that the medium is not put to invidious use and a mechanism is put in place to counter it. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address the senior police officers on Saturday. He will also release a commemorative postage stamp and present the President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service to various awardees on the same day. The conference would discuss and deliberate on ways and means to make the cutting edge level policing resourceful, effective, professional and service oriented so that it inspires confidence among community. Issues such as improving generation of intelligence and its quick dissemination through the platform of Multi Agency Centre (MAC) and Subsidiary Multi Agency Centres(SMAC) will also feature in the deliberations.
The functioning of state intelligence units and how their inputs can be dovetailed into MAC/SMAC network for better coverage will be assessed. It would discuss major security concerns and the need for addressing the same collectively by all agencies. It would also deliberate on further consolidating the peace processes in the country’s northeast region. A complete session has been devoted on controlling riots by using non-lethal means in which police leaders from different states would share their experiences of dealing with agitations with minimum casualties. Another session has been earmarked to sensitize police on its role as key responder in disaster management.The conference would discuss strategies for making police forces more sensitive towards minority sections and would emphasise the need for developing early warning systems to prevent communal conflagrations and to evolve suitable response strategies. (ANI)
Two persons shot dead by Maoists, Bandh in Malkangiri
Maoists shot dead two persons in Odisha’s Malkangiri district suspecting them to be police informers even as a bandh was being observed by the ultras today demanding withdrawal of security forces and halt to anti-naxal operations. A group of heavily armed ultras stormed into Bahiliguma village in remote Chitrakonda area late last night and gunned down Satirao Hantala (45) and Laxmi Khara (37) after calling them out of their houses, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said.
The assailants left the place immediately after committing the crime and swiftly disappeared into the nearby forest, he said. Hantala was believed to have worked for the Maoists earlier but appeared to have snapped ties later, the police said. The ultras apparently killed the duo as they suspected them to be police informers. Security personnel rushed to the area soon after the incident and a combing operation was launched to track the ultras, the police said. The killing coincided with a bandh called by Maoists of Andhra-Odisha border area demanding immediate withdrawal of security forces including BSF from the area and halt to anti-naxal operations, official sources said.
‘Bihar police acted in haste’
The Bihar Police jumped the gun in arresting an assistant commandant of the CRPF posted in Gaya who was allegedly passing on information about the movement of troops to Naxals, according to CRPF officials. Sources said the CRPF had requested the state police to keep the concerned officer under surveillance for some more time so that the web of the entire conspiracy could be exposed. The state police, however, decided to go ahead with the arrest, and the accused officer has now taken an alibi that he was in touch with the Naxals to plant a mole among them. Besides invoking the Unlawful Prevention Activities Act (UAPA), the Gaya Police have also booked the accused officer, Sanjay Yadav, under the Official Secrets Act.
“Before the Bihar Police informed us about the identity of the officer, we had also come to know that some kind of minute operational details were being leaked. We however did not know at that point in time that it was one of our own officers,” said Dilip Trivedi, DG, CRPF. Before the police could pinpoint the officer involved in leaking the information to a Naxal leader, identified as Pradeep Yadav, who has also been arrested, they groped in the dark for about three months.
“Initially we did not know the identity of the officer and the trail reached him as we had put a Naxal leader under surveillance. For months we had no idea who this officer was, the moment we came to know we informed the CRPF,” said Amit Kumar, IG (operations), Bihar Police. “When the state police informed us we requested them to keep the concerned officer under watch for some more time so that we could know his exact reach in the Naxal hierarchy. They, however, went ahead with the arrest,” said a senior officer. Asked whether the officer could be trying to cultivate the Naxals he was in touch with as a source, Kumar said, “There was no two-way exchange of information among the Naxals and Yadav. There are hundreds of calls between them.”
Why women join India’s Maoist groups
India’s Maoist rebel groups are increasingly hiring more women for their operations, reports journalist Kishalay Bhattacharjee.
Rebecca, a tribal girl, is a bodyguard of a local area commander of India’s Maoist rebel group in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. Maoists, also known as “Naxalites”, have been operating for more than 40 years in central and eastern India. They demand land and jobs for the poor, and ultimately want to establish a communist society by overthrowing India’s “semi-colonial, semi-feudal” form of rule. Carrying an automatic rifle, Rebecca’s face is covered with a black mesh to protect herself from malaria in the mosquito-infested jungles of Kandhamal district. Rebecca’s sister joined the rebels in 2010.
After her arrest she was allegedly gang raped in police custody. ‘Keep a vigil’ Her brother, she says, was also held by the security forces and “died mysteriously” in custody. Rebecca says “state repression” drove her to take up arms and join the rebels too. “We don’t live this hard life for nothing. I had no choice but to join the revolution. Now there is no looking back,” she says defiantly. The Maoist movement started in the 1960s with a peasant uprising in a small tea garden in West Bengal state. Analysts say that the reason more women are joining “the movement” can be attributed to the desperate conditions that prevail in India’s countryside: Displacement of locals from their lands due to big business projects, grinding poverty and fear of atrocities by security forces and state-backed militia – like Salwa Judum – who are countering the rebels.
Police officials say the rebels seem to have no ideological problem in hiring more women. “Maoists recruit women for fighting and to keep a vigil on the male cadres who may harass villagers,” says Rahul Bhagat, a former police chief of the Maoist stronghold of Bastar in Chhattisgarh. “In effect, almost half the rebel fighters are women now. Most of the men and women fighters cohabit either as married or unmarried couples.” Women rebels, police say, generally play a tactical role in operations: They are placed at the front to distract security forces. Women fighters have led some of the major rebel attacks in India. In May, police say, women fighters joined male rebels in the front while carrying out a deadly attack in Chhattisgarh, where 24 people, including some top state politicians, were killed.
Police arrest Maoist leader, recover arms in Jharkhand
Palamu, Nov 20 (ANI): The Jharkhand police have arrested Maoist leader Nirmal Bhuyan alias Mahesh, who was on the wanted list for his involvement in a number of crimes and recovered arms in Palamu district of Jharkhand. The police said they have also seized a gun and some bullets from the arrested rebel.
Red leader arrested from Ekta Ghatee village
DALTONGANJ: A sub-zonal commander of the CPI(Maoist) was arrested on Tuesday from Lesliganj police station area here when he was trying to flee on a motorcycle. Nirmalji, was arrested from Ekta Ghatee village here and sent to jail on Tuesday. Police recovered a revolver, two cartridges and seized a motorbike. Nirmalji was active in the northern part of Latehar district. He joined the organization in 2006 and in just seven years, has achieved the self-styled rank of a sub-zonal commander, said Palamu SP N K Singh. In 2012, he battled with the CRPF at Barwaiyya in Latehar district. In 2013, he fought with security forces during Operation Cheetah in Kumandih.