6,000 more SSB personnel for anti-Naxal operations
Nearly 6,000 personnel of central paramilitary SSB will soon be deployed for anti-Naxal operations duties in the Left wing extremism-hit areas of the country. The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was withdrawn from these operations in 2011 when it used to be deployed in Chhattisgarh. Now three battalions are deployed in Bihar and Jharkhand alongside other central forces like CRPF, BSF and ITBP. The force, according to sources, will depute additional six battalions (about 6,000 personnel) to undertake Naxal offensives in Jharkhand and West Bengal, by replacing CRPF battalions present in these areas for long.
Five Maoists arrested in Bihar
Aurangabad: Five Maoists were on Tuesday arrested from different localities under Deo police station of Bihar’s Naxal-hit Aurangabad district. Of the five, two — Sushil Kumar singh and Dara Bhuyan — were involved in several Naxal activities, Superintendent of police Upendera Kumar Sharma said. The other three were identified as Kapil Yadav, Barun Paswan and Subedar Yadav.
Maoist bandh cripples life in Red zone
GAYA: Heavily armed Maoists blew up Airtel mobile phone tower at Bage Bar village under Kothi police station in Gaya district shortly before midnight on Sunday. The tower was blown up on the eve of Maoist-sponsored bandh to register protest against the ongoing Operation Greenhunt to flush out the Red rebels from their stronghold. Operation Greenhunt is the flagship anti-Maoist operation jointly launched by different state and central agencies engaged in Naxalite combat. According to reports reaching the divisional headquarters, the bandh virtually crippled life in the Dumaria, Imamganj, Banke Bazar, Raushanganj, Mohanpur and Gurua police station areas of Gaya district and Nabinagar, Amba, Deo and Madanpur areas of neighbouring Aurangabad district.
The impact of the bandh under Gurua police station area of Gaya has caused concern in administrative circles as, in recent times, Maoist activity in the Gurua area was much less and earlier bandh calls given by the Maoists were largely ignored by the villagers. It is being seen as resurgence of Maoists in the area. Reports say all shops and business establishments remained closed in the Maoist-affected areas of the district. Roads wore a deserted look as vehicular traffic came to a near standstill. Private vehicles, too, did not ply in the Red zone.
Nearly two dozen bank branches remained closed in Gaya and Aurangabad districts. Attendance in government offices was almost nil and members of the public kept away from the block and other offices. Schools, too, remained closed. According to Magadh Range DIG Bachchu Singh Meena, except for the mobile tower destruction case, no report of any untoward incident was received from anywhere in the five districts under Magadh police range. Security has been tightened around vital installations and greater vigilance was being maintained. Reports also say that special measures have been taken to protect the trains and the railway tracks from possible Maoist attack.
Reds attack cops, trucks in 2 dists
RANCHI: Suspected Maoists attacked several trucks and tried to blow up a mobile tower in Palamu district while they engaged security forces in a gun battle in Latehar district late on Sunday. No casualty has been reported in either of the incidents, police said. Palamu SP Narendra Kumar Singh said Maoists attacked two trucks on a highway near Harihanj police station and also made an unsuccessful attempt to damage a mobile tower in the same area. “No one was injured in the incident.
The rebels opened fire on trucks to create fear among travelers and truck drivers. A large number of police personnel have been deployed in the Maoist-affected areas,” he added. Singh said the Maoists had called a day-long bandh in Magadh zone of the CPI Maoists on Sunday. “We have deployed enough forces in all sensitive areas,” he added. Meanwhile, Lateahar SP Michael S Raj said Maoists attacked a police party combing Kumundi area around 1am on Monday morning.
“The Maoists were on the hills when the team was moving around. The Maoists opened fire on them, but no one was injured because the policemen were alert,” said Raj. The police fired rocket launchers and also used mortar to upset the Maoist camping atop the hills but in vain. A group of 100-odd policemen from CRPF, district police and Jharkhand Jaguar were on a combing operation last night. “We have been carrying out regular combing operations against the Maoists,” Raj added.
Greyhounds likely to train anti-Naxalite team
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state will take a cue from Andhra Pradesh to train its anti-Naxalite force which is being constituted by the government. The state home department has sought the help of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh police, the elite commando force set up to fight the left-wing extremists. According to top police sources, an informal request was made by state police chief K S Balasubrahmanian to the chief of Andhra Pradesh police department during the recently concluded meeting of police chiefs in New Delhi.
“Andhra Pradesh has informally agreed to the request of the state government to train its new commando force. A formal communication is yet to be received,” sources said. Balasubrahmanian said the proposal was pending before the Andhra Pradesh police force. “The proposal has been sent and is pending with them. In fact, we are in touch with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu’s anti-Naxalite force as well,” he said. With Naxalites gaining ground across many states in the country, Greyhounds officers are being flooded with requests from other states to train their personnel. The elite force was founded in 1989. The members of the force get training that is almost on a par with National Security Guard (NSG).
The state has constituted the anti-Naxalite team by drawing members (below 35 years) from the eight armed police battalions across the state. For a start three companies (of 100 each) have been included in the force, which will act as an alternative for the India reserve battalion forces that usually take up the anti-Naxalite combing operations. The force will be deputed in the northern districts for six months initially which will be subsequently extended as per the requirements. The state intelligence has asked for speedy implementation of the decisions after it received inputs about increased Maoist presence in the northern districts.
This assumes significance after the intelligence received inputs about suspected Maoists just 2 km away from the venue of chief minister Oommen Chandy’s mass contact programme in Wayanad recently. The state home department has also decided to strengthen 16 police stations in the northern districts that have been classified as vulnerable to attack from Maoists. These include five police stations in Kasaragod district, four in Kannur, three in Malappuram, two each in Wayanad and Palakkad districts. The police stations have been classified as vulnerable on the basis of a report from the state intelligence department.
Police Stations Being Strengthened:
1. Chittarickal (Kasaragod)
2. Bedakam (Kasaragod)
3. Vellarikundu (Kasaragod)
4. Adhoor (Kasaragod)
5. Rajapuram (Kasaragod)
6. Aralam (Kannur)
7. Karikkottakari (Kannur)
8. Kelakam (Kannur)
9. Kudiyanmala (Kannur)
10. Nilambur (Malappuram)
11. Vazhikkadavu (Malappuram)
12. Kalikkavu (Malappuram)
13. Tirunelli (Wayanad)
14. Pulpally (Wayanad)
15. Agali (Palakkad)
16. Sholayur (Palakkad)
Two Maoist supporters arrested in Odisha
Berhampur: Two Maoist supporters, allegedly acting as couriers of Odisha Maobadi Party (OMP) chief Sabyasachi Panda, were arrested from a jungle in Ganjam district, police said on Monday. Pabitra Mohan Pradhan of Madhapur village in Nayagarh district and Babula Mallick of Katringia village of Kandhamal district, were picked up by police from Rangamatia forest near Goudagotha village yesterday, Ganjam Superintendent of Police, Ashish Kumar Singh said. Some explosives, Maoist literature, letters and medicines were seized from duo, SP said.
Although they have no case of the violent activities in their names, police suspected the duo was acting as the couriers of the Maoist leader. Pradhan was suspected to be carrying the letters of Mili Panda, wife of Sabyasachi to the Maoist leader, police said. On the basis of intelligence inputs, police watched the activities of Pradhan and Mallick for past few months and finally arrested the duo, police added. Police claimed they have got some important clues on future plans of Sabyasachi-led OJM.
Kerala Government to Bare ‘Real Face’ of Maoists among Tribals
Leaving no stone unturned to curb Maoist operations effectively, the Home Department has decided to launch a counter-propaganda against Maoists in the tribal settlements of Kozhikode, Kannur, Malappuram, Wayanad and Palakkad districts. “Set to begin next week, the government’s initiative is to distribute notices and pamphlets to tribesmen, projecting the violence carried out by Maoists in other states, their illegal operations, massive fund collection by threatening people and the procurement of deadly weapons,” ADGP (Intelligence) T P Senkumar told Express.
Maoists Claim Responsibility for Three Villagers’ Killing
Maoists have claimed the responsibility for murder of ward member Tulasi Behera, Jaga Madkami and MV-90 based contractor Govind Saha on Friday. In an audio tape released on Monday, Malkangiri divisional committee secretary of the Maoists Punam Chandar stated that the three persons were killed as they were police informers. All the police informers have to admit the mistakes committed by them, the audio stated. While bullet-riddled bodies of Tulasi and Jaga of Ramaguda were found in a forest near Bhenjanwada on Saturday morning, Govind was shot dead at MV-90 on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, panic has gripped the Special Police Officers (SPOs) and their families in remote and interior pockets after the Maoists asked them to either quit their jobs within seven days or leave the village.