MHA to sensitise EU about Maoist threat
Alarmed at a recent revelation that the CPI (Maoist) is seeking international alliances, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sprung into action. The MHA intends to request the External Affairs Ministry to sensitise the European Union (EU) countries about the activities of certain LWE organisation in the continent. According to security agencies, there are 24 international groups that were identified from a letter sent out by CPI (Maoist) general secretary Mupalla Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathy in September. The letter, which was intercepted by security agencies recently, lauds the efforts of “international groups in support of people’s war in India”.
“The people in the field of the revolutionary movement remember with warmth the international solidarity expressed by the different parties, organisation, individuals to the proletariat and the people of different countries because this is exactly the kind of support that any real people’s movement should extend,” Ganapathy writes. The letter was in response to the first International Conference in Support of the People’s War in India, held in Hamburg on November 24, 2012. Communist groups hailed CPI (Maoist) and pledged support for the “role model” outfit at the meet. Ganapathy also mentioned the recent encounters in which Maoist leaders Kishenji and Azad were gunned down.
He said despite heavy loss of senior management and some comrades, “the revolution in India will continue to strengthen”. Talking about ‘Operation Green Hunt’, Ganapathy says, “Our party believes that for the communist forces that support the people’s war in India, the need of the hour is to strive to mobilise as broadly as possible the anti-imperialist, democratic operation green hunt aiming to build a worldwide anti-imperialist front, that is already in the process.” The MHA, which has been claiming that violence in LWE areas is at an all-time low, is worried over the recent revelations. Apart from trying to reach out to international groups, the CPI (Maoist) also highlighted a “solidarity campaign to support the New Democratic revolution in the Philippines, that our party called for on 22-28 April, 2013”.
Maoist operative held in Jhakhand
Jamshedpur: A CPI(Maoist) operative was arrested during a routine check of vehicles in the Golmuri area here, police said on Tuesday. Ujjal Sarkar, a resident of Kotwali police station in the Jalpaiguri of West Bengal, was arrested during a routine check of vehicles last night, Senior Superintendent of Police, A V Homkar told reporters. In the course of interrogation, Homkar said, Sarkar admitted he was an active member of the ultra outfit and was a member of the Kanu Munda squad operating in the Ghatsila sub-division bordering West Bengal. The two-wheeler, which Sarkar was driving when he was arrested, was found to be a stolen one, the SSP said. Sarkar was wanted in several cases of extremist activities in Shyamsunderpur, Chakulia and MGM police stations in East Singhbhum district and had been to jail in the past, police said.
Did AP police visit Malnad to track naxals?
The intelligence wing of the Andhra Pradesh police visited the Malnad area and collected information about naxals, according to sources. However, the local police neither confirm this nor deny the development. Sources said the police suspect that naxal leaders Ganapathi and Ramesh of Andhra Pradesh have started activities in the Western Ghats range. Till recently, naxals had been lying low in the Western Ghats range but have renewed their activities, giving sleepless nights to the Anti-naxal Force.
Though police claim they have rooted out naxals from the district, sources say naxals have expanded their base and strength in the Malnad region. A year ago, police confirmed that the number of naxals was down to 30-40. But now, they are surprised to learn that their numbers have gone up considerably in recent days and are active in Udupi, Chikmagalur and border areas of Shimoga district, sources said. Though police are not ready to give out details about the directions from the intelligence, sources say local naxals may have visited Chhattisgarh and naxals from there may have visited the Malnad region.
An intelligence officer on condition of anonymity told Express that some naxals have come out of the forest from Bidaragodu in Shimoga district and Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada district. Police admit that there are some gaps in the intelligence on naxal activities in the boarder areas of Shimoga district. As a result, senior officers have warned the district intelligence wing to strengthen its base in the naxal-affected areas and collect information on naxal movement. When contacted, SP Koushalendra Kumar said the Shimoga police do not have any information regarding the Andhra Pradesh intelligence police visit to the Western Ghats.
Tamil Nadu steps up border vigil after MHA alert on Naxals
Police probing reports of extremists trying to woo students The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has alerted that Naxals are planning to set up base in the South by moving in armed cadres along the tri-junction in the Nilgiris Hills. The warning came at a time when the Tamil Nadu police are investigating inputs that some extremist elements are trying to intrude into college campuses in Madurai and Salem in a bid to woo students into the movement, police sources said on Monday. After Naxal activities were noticed in villages of Kerala and Karnataka abutting Tamil Nadu, the police strengthened surveillance and made enquiries with tribal villages along the borders.
“There were inputs that the Naxals were trying to establish a new ‘dalam’ in the South and also rope in youth, particularly students,” a police official said. A coordination meeting involving the police of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is slated for November 27. “There was not a single instance of Naxal intrusion in our State. However, we have intelligence on some of their activities which will be shared in the meeting,” the official said, adding the Special Task Force (STF) was maintaining a strict vigil in vulnerable forest terrains. Following the MHA alert, the police in the West Zone stepped up vigil at the tri-junction in the Nilgiris hills, where Tamil Nadu shares borders with Kerala and Karnataka.
The movement of armed Naxal cadre and activities of its frontal organisations were witnessed on more than 20 occasions in Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur in Kerala and Mysore, Kodagu, Udipi, Chikamgalur and Shimoga districts in Karnataka. The alert also added that though the adjoining areas of Tamil Nadu had not witnessed any movement of armed Naxals, activities of its frontal bodies had been noticed in Erode district.
Police sources involved in the surveillance said there had been reported sighting of armed cadre in the Wayanad and Malappuram areas recently. The arrest of Manuel Amalraj (28) of Madurai this June for distributing pamphlets against the State, opposing the setting up of the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve, is believed to the basis for the reference of the Union Home Ministry pertaining to activities of frontal organisations in Erode district. When contacted, Inspector-General of Police (West Zone) S. Davidson Devasirvatham said all bordering check posts were strengthened with armed guards. Additional reinforcements were positioned at the Devala sub-division.
Mass combing ops to block Naxal entry
The State government on Monday intensified the surveillance and combing operations along the tri-State borders with the participation of multiple agencies from the State’s Home Department to ensure that armed Naxals from neighbouring states did not cross over to Tamil Nadu. The massive mobilisation came in the wake of the Centre’s report warning about move on part of the Naxals to open theatres in the Southern states.
The hilly inter-State borders in Erode, Dharmapuri, Theni, Dindigul and Coimbatore were brought under strict vigil to clamp down on any attempt by Naxalite movement to cross over to the State. Though the Centre’s internal communication stated that there was no armed Naxalites’ presence in the State, it also observed that the activities of the pro-Naxal outfits in Erode district were gaining momentum. The Centre had also insisted on Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka to up their vigil in the affected areas to nip the movement in the bud. In response, the top brass of the State Police put multiple agencies, including the Special Task Force (STF) that was entrusted with the specialised tasks of tackling hijacking, armed militancy, insurgency, terrorist activities and kidnappings, on high alert.
“We have not seen any Maoist activity in the State apart from the standoff on Kodaikanal Hills in Dindigul district in 2008, and that of the attempts to set up camps in Dharmapuri and Theni in 2004 and 2008,” a senior police official said. “We have set up base camps at sensitive locations on hilly terrains that could be used for Naxal activities. We have been monitoring such areas throughout the year,” the official added. “However, we cannot ignore the alerts which are processed by the Centre from the intelligence gathered by multiple agencies reporting to the Home Ministry. The Centre’s alert points out that armed naxalite sightings were not recorded in the State, but in the other two neighbouring States. Therefore, we would make all efforts to prevent those elements from crossing over into our borders,” the official noted. The districts of Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur in Kerala, and Mysore, Kodagu, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Shimoga in Karnataka figured in the list of areas where armed Maoist sightings were reported.
Madhya Pradesh assembly election: Defying Reds, 70% cast vote in Balaghat district
Security was enhanced in Balaghat as suspected Naxalites had put up banners against the democratic process in the district. The police have found the banners and posters near Lanjhi on Sunday. Police also found explosive device including detonator and wires. At one place, the Naxalites had felled a tree to block movement on a road with the aim to stop voters from reaching the polling station. The district police, central forces and the specialised Hawk police force kept an eye on the situation. Five choppers were provided for surveillance in the Naxalite infested areas in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from Balaghat, the other districts with major presence are Mandla, Dindori, Singrauli, Anuppur, Shahdol and Umaria.
Alert sounded in Junglemahal against Maoist activities
Three Junglemahal districts, where Maoists posters have been found during ‘martyrs week’ called by ultras from November 24 in memory of Kishenji, have been alerted by the West Bengal government. The alert has been issued for West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, state secretariat sources said today. Kishenji was killed in an encounter with security forces on November 24, 2011. Maoist posters have been seized in the last few days from Binpur, Adharia, Goaltore, Lalgarh and Kamuri areas which have been brought to the attention of the local administration, the sources added.
Huge quantity of explosive items recovered in Giridih
A huge quantity of of liquid and dry explosives, said to be enough to produce over one thousand bombs, was recovered from a dense forest area bordering Bihar, around 70 kms from here, on Monday evening. The discovery, near Maheshkishor village under Bhelwaghati police station, was revealed by police on Tuesday. “Ten sacks of explosive powder and a drum full of liquid explosives were recovered during a raid in the area last night,” Giridih superintendent of police Kranti Kumar Gadidesi said.
He added that the material was enough to make one thousand bombs. The search operation was conducted by a joint team of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. The security forces were tipped off about a huge consignment of explosives being hidden in the forested area by Maoist rebels. Subsequently, a team of police and CRPF personnel led by additional superintended of police (operations) Kunal reached the spot and recovered 14 packets each weighing (40–50 kilograms) of different kinds of explosive materials. Gadidesi said that Maoists could be planning to use the explosives for violent attacks across the region.