Naxals may target parts of Bihar, Jharkhand on R-Day: Intel inputs
NEW DELHI: Intelligence inputs suggest Maoists have stored stockpiles of explosives in areas around Bokaro and are likely to carry out attacks in parts of Bihar and Jharkhand on the occasion of Republic Day. Inputs say the ultras may target railway tracks and security forces in Bokaro, Dhanbad, Giridih and Gumla in Jharkhand and Sitamarhi and Gaya in Bihar apart from indulging in stray incidences of violence in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
In all other areas of influence, Maoists are likely to disrupt celebrations by hoisting black flags — an yearly routine on January 26. According to the input, in Bihar, mobilization meetings have been reported from Sitamarhi and Gaya districts in connection with boycott of Republic Day functions. “The outfit could target railway tracks, government properties, prisons and security forces,” the inputs say. In Jharkhand, “Maoists have collected and stored some explosive material in the forest area under Homia (Bokaro district) for use against security forces during the republic day celebrations.” The inputs further say that mobilization has been reported from various police station areas of districts such as Dhanbad, Giridih, Gumla and Bokaro in which Maoists have asked locals to hoist black flags in schools.
According to the inputs, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra are likely to be largely peaceful with “no specific input indicating threat to VIPs” although stray incidents may occur. It has, however, raised a flag over Kerala on the basis of unconfirmed reports of attacks on police stations of Thirunelly and Kenichira in Wayanad district where Maoists may attempt to loot weapons. Every year, Maoists give a call to locals in their areas of influence to boycott Republic Day calling it a “black day”. Security forces in return try to assert their dominance by ensuring that the tricolour is unfurled on government buildings and even on school buildings in far-flung areas.
Security forces to install sensors around camps in Maoist areas
NEW DELHI: Naxals would soon find it difficult to launch surprise attack on camps of security forces in jungles of Chhattisgarh as the forces plan to acquire state-of-the-art ground sensor system that would warn them of any Maoist movement. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which is fighting Naxals in the jungles of Chhattisgarh, will be the first force to acquire the technology. The force has already floated a tender to buy 10 such systems to set them up around its camps in Naxal-affected areas.
Cops gird up to hunt Maoists
CHINTAPALLI: Massive combing operations to hunt down the Maoists is on the cards this year with Visakha rural cops gearing up to set up around six outposts or police stations in the Agency area, mooting roads in the interiors in addition to constructing permanent helipads in various Maoist stronghold mandals. While helipads have been set up in Maoist infested areas such as Seeleru, GK Veedhi, Chintapalli, Koyyuru and G Madugula, a helipad is under construction at Araku, sources said. The helipads have been set up at an estimated cost of Rs 4 lakh each under the special infrastructure scheme (SIS). All these six helipads will facilitate quick movement of security forces and visits of VVIPs to the Agency areas. Apart from these six helipads, there is already an existing helipad at Paderu and temporary facility for landing of choppers at Pedabayalu and Munchingput, which are also Maoist infested areas.
All these places share borders with Maoist stronghold areas of Odisha. The Visakha rural police has already set the ball rolling for two outposts within six months as part of their plans to set up eight outposts or police stations in the Maoists infested GK Veedhi and Chintapalli mandals. The outposts or police stations will be guarded by one company each of CRPF personnel. These outposts or stations will be set up at Rallagedda, Parcheru near Korukonda of Chintapalli mandal, a Maoist heartland that shares borders with Gumma block in Odisha, and Pedavalasa in GK Veedhi mandal. There was an outpost in Pedavalasa in the late 90s but was blasted by the Red guerrillas twice. After the attack on the outpost, the cops were forced to shut it down. Apart from these plans, the cops have proposed many roads in the interior pockets for the ‘convenience’ of the public.
The road laying works are currently underway in the stretch from Annavaram to Korukonda. Many other two to five km stretches of roads are under construction in GK Veedhi, Chintapalli and Koyyuru mandals. Some other road projects have already got approval and are awaiting sanction of funds, a senior cop involved in anti-naxal operations in the district told TOI. The construction of new buildings for three police stations at A Koduru, Munagapaka and Dumbriguda has been completed and another five police station buildings at S Rayavaram, Bucchayyapeta, Pedabayalu, GK Veedhi and Chintapalli are under construction. The new stations in Chintapalli and GK Veedhi will be fortified to withstand intense gun fire, bomb attacks and others explosives, each of which is estimated to come up at a cost of Rs 2 crore, sources said.