Maoists camping on border: Intelligence
KORAPUT: Left-wing extremists are heading towards Odisha in search of safe haven with anti-Maoist operations being intensified in bordering Chhattisgarh. According to intelligence reports, 100 Red rebels, including women cadres, in two separate batches are camping along Odisha-Chhattisgarh border under Podia and Mathili police limits in Malkangiri district for the past few days and trying to sneak into the district. “Pushed to wall in Chhattisgarh, the Maoists are trying to sneak into Odisha. The ultras are running two camps along the border for past few days and they might be planning some major offensive,” an intelligence official said.
According to sources, the rebels are staying put at Tulsi Dongor, which has always been a safe place for them with thick forest cover and no permanent security camp. While 90% of Tulsi Dongor lie inside Chhattisgarh, the remaining portion comes under Odisha. The Maoists usually enter Malkangiri during intensified operations in the bordering state or after committing some major offensive. Confirming the developments, SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh said, “Though the place, where the Maoists have assembled, is far off and virtually inaccessible but we are keeping a close watch on the developments. Forces have been kept on high alert to avoid any eventuality.”
Police said while border areas have been sealed and all vehicles entering the district are being frisked, additional forces have been deployed at possible entry points along border to check infiltration of Left-wing extremists. Though Maoist activities have been controlled to a great extent in Malkangiri and at present, around 25 to 30 armed cadres are there in the district, but at times hundreds of rebels from Chhattisgarh sneak into the district, creating major problem, police added. “In past few years Red activities have been contained to a good extent in Malkangiri and once they are tamed in Chhattisgarh, Malkangiri will be completely free from Left-wing ultras but it will take time,” the SP said.
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India briefs EU about violence perpetrated by Naxals
New Delhi: India on Wednesday briefed the European Union about the violence perpetrated by Naxals and urged it to ensure that the rebels do not get support from the organisations based in its member countries. In a meeting, the Ministry of External Affairs sensitised EU representatives about the violence being carried out by CPI (Maoist), which killed more than 8,100 people since 2001. The move came after CPI(Maoist) had recently thanked more than two dozen organisations in Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Spain, Britain, Brazil, Canada and Philippines which took part the November 24, 2012 conference in Hamburg supporting of the “people’s war in India”.
The MEA took the initiative after the Ministry of Home Affairs provided supporting documents about the terror being carried out by the Naxals in nine states, which resulted in killings, maiming of people, destruction of public and private properties, forests and natural resources. During the meeting, the representatives of the EU and Euro-Asia division of the MEA discussed issues concerning human rights in the region. Following an appeal of the International Committee to Support of the People’s War in India and the Hamburg-based League against Imperialist Aggression, people from different parts of the world attended the Hamburg conference to exchange views, support the “struggle of the Indian people against imperialism, semi-feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism”.