DRDO developing UAVs to track down Maoists
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)is developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the Central Reserve Police Force for use in the Naxal-hit areas of Chattisgarh and Jharkhand and would demonstrate the operational capability of the first such vehicle, Nishant, in a couple of months in Jagdalpur. Giving details of the UAV project during a media interaction at Defexpo 2014 here, DRDO chief Avinash Chander said the vehicles being developed for CRPF would be able to help the forces trace and track down the ultra Left operatives in even thick forests. To begin with, he said, CRPF had expressed the desire to procure 16 such UAVs for its operations.
The force was earlier using the UAVs of National Technical Research Organisation and Indian Air Force, which were, however, not as effective in operations in thick forests. Mr. Chander said the scientists of DRDO have worked closely with CRPF in developing the UAVs. “The two have worked closely on the configuration required for operation in such difficult areas.” He said for UAVs meant to work in thick Indian forests, the organization was working on “lower frequency radars”. The DRDO chief said the Army is also procuring Nishant for operations but its requirement was much different.
CPI(Maoist) calls for Jharkhand Bandh, demands release of Maoists prisoners
CPI(Maoist) has called for a complete Jharkhand Bandh on Friday to press for the release of Maoist prisoners who have completed their terms. Suspected Maoists had on Thursday set four bauxite-laden trucks on fire near Sudikona village under Bishunpur police station in Gumla district, a police officer said. The armed ultras intercepted the trucks, drove away the drivers and set them on fire in the afternoon, Gumla SDPO Deepak Kumar Pandey told newsmen. He said the Maoists were suspected to be involved in the incident.
High alert after Red leader’s arrest
KORAPUT: Security forces have intensified anti-extremist operations in Malkangiri and Koraput districts, apprehending a backlash by the outlawed CPI (Maoist) following the arrest of Maoist leader Anil Kumar, 40. Kumar, carrying a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh each in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on his head, was arrested during a combing operation in Koraput on February 1. “The Maoists may retaliate by attacking government establishments. Combing operations are being conducted regularly and security personnel on high alert to thwart any subversive activity,” said a senior police officer of Malkangiri. The apprehension is understandable as Kumar was the second-in command to Akki Raju Hargopal alias Rama Krishan of the Andhra Odisha Border State Zonal Committee. He was also the chief of intelligence wing of the CPI (Maoist).