Maoists trying to set up bases in upper Assam: Centre
Guwahati: The Centre on Monday claimed that the Maoist extremists were focusing to set up bases in upper Assam, close to international border and this could create a “serious strategic security complication” to northeastern states. Addressing a two-day seminar organised by the CDPS here, National Security Advisory Board member P C Haldar said that foreign forces inimical to India’s interest may use the Maoists as pawn to fulfil their agenda.
“In the northeast, Maoists’ focus is on areas in upper Assam and a few pockets in the interior areas to set up bases. The choice of upper Assam and the adjoining areas assume added significance because of its proximity to international border and traditional ingress-egress routes of armed groups of the region to their bases in Myanmar,” he said. “Maoists’ presence in this sensitive region has the potential of creating a serious strategic security complication,” Haldar added.
Usually Maoists are attracted towards areas that allow an operational advantage due to jurisdictional division, he added. The northeast has a history of trans-border dimension to its militancy problem and “the possibility of forces inimical to India using Maoists as a pawn would have to be factored in by the security establishment,” he added. Haldar also pointed out that there were reports of Maoists trying to forge links with existing armed militants of this region as stated by few linkmen.
He said that inclusive development is the key to solve the Maoists problem anywhere in the country. “It is important to stress that our approach towards dealing with Maoists movement cannot wholly be based on the police and security forces. A combination of security measures and focused development will be necessary,” he said.
Jharkhand Police confirm arrest of two Maoists in Chaibasa region
Police in the Chaibasa region of Jharkhand have confirmed the arrest of two hardcore Maoists. Police said sub-zonal Maoist commander Saluka Kayam, was arrested during the join operation conducted by them and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). As per the police officials, Kayam revealed important information about previous attacks carried out by the rebels and confessed his involvement in some major operations. The police seized guns, explosives and detonators along with a bike and two mobile phones.
Over 1,000 prisoners claim they have completed jail term, go on strike for release
Over a thousand prisoners went on strike in different jails of Jharkhand on Monday demanding their release, with some also on hunger strike. Around 700 prisoners are sitting on strike in Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail, 200 in Garwah jail and 140 in Medininagar jail. The prisoners, most of them lifers, said they have completed their sentences and that some had served for more than 20 years. “There is a committee at state level headed by the Chief Minister. The meeting has not taken place in the last few years,” Inspector General (Prison) Shailendra Bhushan told IANS.