Aurangabad naxal attack: Body of BMP jawan found near blast site, toll reaches 8
Body of a Bihar Military Police (BMP) jawan has been recovered from near the site of landmine blast triggered by Maoists taking the death toll to eight, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. During search operations on Tuesday night, body of BMP jawan Sanjay Kumar Kushwaha was found near the blast site, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) SK Bhardwaj told PTI. The jawan is a resident of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, he said.
With recovery of the body of BMP jawan, the toll in the Tuesday landmine blast by Maoists near Chandragarh More (circle) on the Tandwa-Nabinagar road has gone up to eight. Officer in-charge of Tandwa police station Ajay Kumar, five SAP jawans and a homeguard driver are other victims of the explosion which blew off the police jeep.
Internal Security Division takes home ministry warning on Naxalite menace seriously
MANGALORE: Internal security division of Karnataka State Police taking note of an internal communication by the Home Ministry that CPI (Maoists) are trying to open a new theatre in south India has stepped up vigil in Karnataka and coordination with neighbouring states. The ministry had warned that armed cadres witnessed in Western Ghats and tri-junction of Tamil Nadu- Kerala-Karnataka, poses a serious security threat to the three States.
The home ministry’s communication figured in the coordination committee meeting of police top brass of the three states held in Thiruvananthapuram on November 27. Karnataka was represented by Inspector-General of Police (Southern Range) and Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Anti-Naxal Force) at this meeting, which incidentally is the second such effort after a similar meeting that Karnataka hosted in Mysore earlier in March this year. In an informal chat with reporters here, Alok Mohan, additional director-general of police (internal security division) said, “Karnataka on its part is fully geared to meet Left winged extremism on its soil.”
Buoyed by Rs 9 crore grant to the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF), Alok said steps have been taken to modernise ANF and equip it with better weaponry including night vision goggles. This is in addition to heightened combing, and patrolling, he noted. The Thiruvananthapuram meet helped refine strategies that police force in three states need to adopt to take on this emergent threat, Alok said, adding strategies apart police in any state will deal with any anti-social elements in their own manner. While the presence of naxalites is not so much in Karnataka, their activities in Kerala and getting reinforcements from Tamil Nadu is an area of concern and this is where coordination among forces helps, he said.
Bid for force to tackle Maoist menace on hold
MALAPPURAM: When at least seven police stations in Nilambur region have been struggling to address the Maoist scare among local residents, a proposal regarding the formation of a separate team of police equipped with modern arms and high-tech devices, exclusively for the region, is still pending with the state government. Months ago, the police had submitted a proposal regarding this to the government in the backdrop of reports on suspected groups of Maoists in the region. This was after the local police failed to trace the gangs which frequently visited tribal colonies in the region, mainly due to manpower shortage and lack of high-end facilities.
A highly placed source of the special branch of police, Malappuram, said that after reports surfaced regarding Maoist presence in the region, local police stations have been struggling to carry out routine duties such as handling cases reported in the station limit. “Earlier such incidents were reported once or twice a month. But now, the presence of suspected groups are reported almost every day and police personnel including inspectors and sub-inspectors have been forced to conduct frequent visits at tribal colonies as part of investigation,” the source said, adding that local police stations with limited number of staff and facilities cannot effectively handle such cases.
“In the detailed proposal, we had demanded a separate police team, well-equipped with modern arms and GPS-enabled devices to trace out the gangs, exclusively for handling such cases reported from various parts of Nilambur. But the government is yet to consider the proposal, even after a suspected group fired at forest staff deep inside the forest last week. Though police personnel including sub-inspectors of seven police stations in the region were recently trained in anti-Naxalite operations, it is not good enough to fight Maoist groups,” the source said, adding that the proposal for the separate police team awaits government sanction as the police do not have the power to purchase modern gadgets or arms.
Tensions between CRPF and Bihar police
..The ongoing ‘cold war’ between Bihar police and the CRPF has its adverse effect on anti-Maoist operations in Bihar. It started when the state police instituted an inquiry by an IG-rank officer into killing of one Arvind Bhuiyan by CRPF in an encounter at Baltharwa village located on the border of Gaya-Aurangabad districts and inside Chakarbanda forest in June 2012. The IG, according to reliable sources, had held CRPF guilty.
Though the police headquarters did not initiate any follow-up action, it did break the heart of the central force which decided to go slow and has reduced its job to only guarding its camp in Maoist-infested areas, sources said. The differences, however, turned uglier when the Bihar police HQ lodged a case and subsequently jailed an assistant commandant Sanjay Kumar Yadav of CRPF after taping his phone call which revealed he was passing operational details to Maoists in Aurangabad. Going by the recorded transcript provided to the CRPF, the officers of the central paramilitary force maintained that the state police stretched this issue too far..
Massive hike in payoffs to deserters in Bihar
..Meanwhile, the state government led by chief minister Nitish Kumar announced a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for the rebels, who belong to the Communist Party of India (Maoists), media reports said. Top leaders would get Rs 2.5 lakh ($4000) if they renounced arms. This would include members of the state, regional, central committee and politbureau of the Maoist party. The offer is a huge jump from the 2001 policy which promised Rs 10000 ($160) first and Rs 3000 ($50) in due course. An official of the state cabinet coordination committee was quoted by the media as saying that those surrendering would be paid more if they laid down more arms and ammunition.
Cadres of Maoist cultural wing celebrating PLGA week arrested
Four Maoists, including two women, were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Tuesday when they conducting cultural activities allegedly aimed at publicising Maoist ideology on the occasion of their ongoing People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week. “Cadres of Maoist cultural wing Chetna Natya Mandli were nabbed from Jaigur village from the Jangla police station limits,” a senior official told PTI. Communist Party of India (Maoist) is observing PLGA week from December 2 to 8 in memory of their slain leaders during which Maoists organise programmes to spread their propaganda and recruit new youth into their fold.
A joint team of the Special Task Force and the district force, which was on a combing operation, located some tribal youth performing songs and dances with anti-government themes, he said. Those arrested were identified as Kunjami Jummo (22), Telaam Sannu (25) as well as women performers Manju (25), Telam Mangi (22). “They were booked under the provisions of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005,” he said. Maoist pamphlets, banners and other articles used while performing cultural programmes were seized from their possession, he said, adding seized pamphlets carried messages of the PLGA week being observed by the Maoists.
Wanted Maoist arrested in Odisha
Malkangiri: A wanted Maoist was arrested from a forest during a search by security personnel in Odisha’s Malkangiri district. The 30-year-old Maoist, identified as Era Padiami alias Mukesh, was arrested during a joint operation by BSF and police in Kanaguda forest under Kalimela police station limits last evening, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Pramod Kumar Bagh said. Era, son of wanted ‘deputy commandant’ of Kalimela Maoist Dalam Wada Padiami, had been working in Badiata and Mariata areas for the last eight years. He was involved in an attack on CRPF personnel in 2006, encounters with security forces, loot and landmine explosions in some places, the DSP said.