Cops seek special perks for Naxal hunts
Thiruvananthapuram: Concerned over the high risk involved in the Naxal hunts in deep forests, the state police has urged the government to immediately announce allowances and compensations to the cops venturing for anti-Naxal operations. The officials of CRPF’s anti-Naxal unit, Cobra, and Hyderabad’s Greyhound are paid huge monthly allowances and compensations in case of any mishaps, while the Kerala cops, who are not well-trained in jungle warfare, lack any of these.
The issue was raised by senior police officers at a meeting with chief minister Oommen Chandy here on Wednesday. The Naxal scenario in the state was also reviewed at the meeting which discussed immediate steps like procurement of advanced weapons. Though the government earlier had announced various measures, including formation of anti-Naxal squads with special allowances, the finance department has been sceptical due to the additional fiscal burden involved.
“Naxal hunt is a risky affair. Considering this, the personnel of Greyhound and Cobra are paid up to 50 percent of their salary as allowance. In case of any major mishap, their families are entitled to befitting compensations. Without offering such incentives and allowances, it would be difficult to get sufficient number of cops for anti-Naxal operations here,’’ said a senior police officer. It is learnt that the efforts of the state police to form an anti-Naxal squad by drawing personnel from the existing armed police battalions have evoked feeble response from the cops. This might be due to the lack of proper allowances, sources point out.
Maoist held, weapons seized
RAIPUR: Security forces arrested a Maoist and seized five muzzle loading guns from his possession in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh. Police said the rebel Ghasiya, 30, was arrested from Bayanar police station area early on Tuesday. They claimed that the arrested Naxalite was the head of so-called Janatata Sarkar-or the Peoples’ government-of village Chema under Bayanar police station limits. He was carrying a reward of Rs 7,000 on his head.
The Maoist fell into the police net, when a team of para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) got a tip-off and raided Chema village and arrested him. Police claimed that Ghasiya was involved in the attack on polling team during the 2008 assembly elections and an attack on police in Golwand village in which seven security personnel were killed, among other incidents of Naxalite violence.
Cop injured in Maoist blast
RANCHI: One policeman was injured on Wednesday when Maoists exploded a landmine near Debar More on NH-75 in Latehar district, about 100 km from here. “Maoists struck on a police party, around 20 km from Palamu divisional headquarters in Daltongunj, in which a police constable suffered minor injuries, said Latehar SP Michael S Raj. The injured was taken to a local public health centre for treatment. The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon when an escort party was returning to Palamu from Ranchi with former DGP V D Ram, who is now a BJP leader, responsible for the party affairs in Palamu. Reluctant to accept that the Wednesday attack was targeted at him, Ram said investigation alone will reveal if he was the target.
“I have been working as a BJP leader in the region for almost a year now, but have never faced any resistance from the local people,” he said. Sources, however, added that an intelligence input about security threat to the former top cop was sent by central intelligence to state home department four months ago, following which the state police provided him with an escort party during his movement in Maoist-dominated Latehar and Palamu districts. The blast comes two days after at least 11 policemen, including deputy superintendent of police Anup Badaik, had escaped an attack on the same highway. Michael Raj said the rebels have been active in the region for the past couple of days especially after the PLGA week passed off peacefully.
The blast was followed by heavy firing from the forests on both sides of the national highway, which brought traffic to a halt . Palamu SP Narendra Kumar Singh said Maoists have started tactical counter offensive campaign (TCOC) against the police.On Monday, the police patrolling party under Burwadih SDPO Mukesh Kumar along with 11 others had a close shave when a land mine was triggered seconds after their vehicle had passed over a culvert on the same highway 15 kms from the Wednesday attack spot.
12 land mines recovered in Jharkhand
Police said the land mines were planted by Maoist guerrillas in the Patki jungle in Manika region, around 130 km from Ranchi.This is the same jungle where Maoist guerrillas detonated a land mine blast Wednesday in which four policemen were injured.
Kishanji’s doctor arrested
Asansol: A 65-year old retired doctor was arrested for allegedly having contacts with left wing extremists and treating Kishanji, the top Maoist leader who was killed by joint forces, police said on Thursday. Samir Biswas, a retired doctor of Eastern Coalfileds Limited, was arrested last night from a relative’s residence at Mahishila colony of the town. Biswas had been absconding since August 2010 following charges against him of providing medical treatment to Kishanji and other Maoists in their hideouts in the forests and keeping contact with them. Police had then raided his residence at the ECL housing colony Pachghoria and seized documents. Kishanji was killed in an operation by joint forces in the thick jungles of Burisole in West Midnapore district in November 2011. PTI
BHUBANESWAR: The spate of surrender of villagers in Koraput district’s Narayanpatna block is a publicity stunt organised by police to justify anti-Maoist operation in the area, according to elected panchayat representatives of the area. “Those who surrendered were neither Maoists nor had cases against them. Police for record sake sometimes create false cases against innocent villagers. Most of the nearly 40,000 people in Narayanpatna block are poor and illiterate. Police presence as such scares them,” local zilla parishad member Jura Mauka told mediapersons here on Wednesday.
“The men in uniform visit villages in night on the pretext of raiding Maoist hideouts. Next day helpless villagers in order to avoid police harassment go to the police station and surrender. The whole atmosphere reeks of fear and frustration,” Jura added. Jura, who was an anganwadi worker, was arrested on August 9, 2009, on charges of having links with the Red rebels. She was acquitted by court and released on April 25, 2011.
She was then elected as ZP member. There is large-scale corruption,” corroborated chairman of Narayanpatna block Maliti Tadingi. “Police repression and false cases have led to imprisonment of hundreds of tribals, leading to loss of livelihood and emotional sufferings,” he said. “Nearly 1,500 houses under Mo Kudia scheme were sanctioned. None of the elected representatives know how they were distributed,” he said. Maliti was accompanied by a team of elected representatives from nine panchayats of Narayanpatna. They demanded ‘immediate restoration of grassroots democracy, settlement of land rights of tribals, investigation into police atrocities’.