Surrender Of Gudsa Usendi: An Ominous Beginning In The Naxal Conflict? – Analysis [Extract]
…Ground reality in the Maoist conflict theatres may be different. While the level of violence orchestrated in 2010, so far the worst year of Maoist violence, resulting in the deaths of over 900 civilians and security forces would possibly remain unmatched, an upswing in violence, albeit marginal, was recorded in 2013 over the previous year. 270 civilians and security forces were killed in 2013 in various states compared to 250 deaths in 2012.
In spite of the killing of 151 Maoist cadres in 2013, the outfit’s level of violence did not show much signs of abatement. States like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha remained affected by significant amount of extremist mobilisation as well as violence. Although deployment of about 150 companies of security forces minimised violence during the state assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, there was little to suggest that the state is in the process of developing its wherewithal to replicate the Andhra Pradesh success on its soil. Bihar’s unique approach towards the problem has merely translated into its diminishing ability to neutralise the Maoists, where as the extremists continue to kill, abduct and snatch weapons. While Maoist inroads into the northeast remains mostly an exaggerated claim by the Assam government, the CPI-Maoist appears to have made concerted efforts for expansion into the southern states…
Businessman with Maoist links held near Raipur airport
He was travelling in BJP MP’s car
On Friday, the Chhattisgarh police arrested Dharmendra Chopra, a prominent businessman, near the airport here as he was rushing to catch a Delhi flight. Thereafter the police claimed that a “massive urban network” of Maoists was detected. Chopra and his nephew Neeraj, who was arrested the previous day, were allegedly looking after the financial and logistics interests of Maoists in the State. The police said the two were facilitating supplies of consumables, delivering lakhs of rupees to other States to fund purchase of weapons and “fixing deals” between mining companies and Maoist leaders.
Interestingly, the businessman was arrested while he was travelling in the vehicle of Kanker MP Sohan Potai. Additional Director-General (Intelligence) Mukesh Gupta said the administration wanted to send out a message to Maoist sympathisers through these arrests. “We will break this nexus that has become another power structure controlling mining or local politics to virtually everything in rural areas… We will probe the nature of wealth growth and find out the source.”
One Maoist held in Gumla district
GUMLA: District police arrested a Maoist cadre on Friday from Baghima village in the district. He was engaged in making posters and pasting them on the walls asking people to boycott the Republic Day. The nabbed rebel has been identified as Arbind Kindo, a member of Maoist area commander Khudi Munda’s squad, said Gumla SDPO D K Pande. Kindo is a resident of Jena village under under the Red-hit Palkot police station, he added.
One country-made pistol, four 3.15 bore bullets, two mobile sets, one motorcycle and a copy of poster containing a call for boycott of the Republic Day have been seized from him, he said. He confessed before police that he was involved in poster making, according the SDPO.