Drones buzz in Bihar to track Maoists
PATNA: Drones are flying in Bihar to help combat Maoists. Security forces in Bihar’s worst Maoist-hit districts are using the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to ensure the safety and security of their men in field operations, police officials said. “The induction of UAVs will keep an eye on Maoist movements in Maoist strongholds in north Bihar plains and forest areas in southern Bihar. It will minimise the chances of casualties of security personnel engaged in anti-Maoists operations,” said a senior police official. By using the global positioning system (GPS), UAVs feed real time location and movement of Maoists and help plan counter strategies. ”
After UAVs were deployed in Maiosts affected areas, security forces with the help of devices are able to pick up ground conversation and movement,” the police official said. According to officials, UAVs flash real time imagery of Maoist movements and conversations and the data is immediately passed on to commandos. With the help of UAVs, security forces would also detect IEDs that cause maximum casualties among security personnel.
It is the first time that security forces are using UAVs in Bihar in anti-Maoist operations. But UAVs have been in use Chhattishgarh and Jharkhand. Amit Kumar, inspector general, police operation, said that in 2013 in different Maoists attacks a total of 25 security personnel were killed and three dozen arms were also looted from police personnel.
Naxal killed in shoot-out in Bijapur district
A Naxal was killed by the security forces during a search operation in the Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Sunday. The incident took place in the forest between Tamodi and Madpal villages under Mirtur police station limits last evening, Bijapur Deputy Superintendent of Police Sukhnandan Rathore said over phone. A joint team of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), a specialised unit of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and district police force were on a combing operation in the Gangalur, Mirtur and Bhairmagarh region, located around 450 km away from the state capital Raipur, he said.
CoBRA jawan injured in face-off
A CoBRA jawan was injured on Sunday in an encounter between security forces and Naxalites in Maoist-hit Bijapur district, police said. The face-off took place in the forests under Basaguda police station limits early this morning, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal said. A joint squad of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), a specialised unit of the CRPF, and district force was engaged in an anti-Naxal operation since Saturday in the region, around 500 kms away from the state capital Raipur.
Three more Naxal conduits arrested in Kanker, cash, ammunitions seized
In its ongoing drive to tighten grip over the urban network of Maoists, the Chhattisgarh police has arrested three more alleged Naxal conduits and seized cash and ammunitions from them in Kanker district of north Bastar region. The trio, identified as Dashrath Mandavi, Rajkumar Mandavi and Laxman Mandavi, all residents of Kanker were arrested on Saturday from their native place, Raipur Superintendent of Police OP Pal said. Forty seven live cartridges, gelatins, detonators and Rs 11,500 cash were recovered from their possession, he said.
Red tape blocks crucial telecom project in Red Corridor
New Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) Despite security agencies having expressed serious concern over the lack of connectivity in Naxal-affected areas, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has delayed a crucial communication project that the government had decided to set up to counter the problem. After a delay of nearly four years, the proposal for the setting up of over 2,200 telecom towers in nine Naxal-affected states, forming what is described as the ‘Red Corridor’, received a Cabinet nod on June 4 last.
Finger of Suspicion Points to TNLA
Two pipe-bombs, one near a supermarket in Madurai and another outside the residence of Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy at Puducherry — both defused before they could explode — have given rise to suspicion about the regrouping of the Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA) in the State. The bomb found in Madurai was sent for forensic tests by the State Police, who received reports suggesting that it was similar to the one that was planted outside Narayanasamy’s residence in Puducherry.
However, an analysis of pamphlets, suspected to have been left behind by alleged Naxal cadre to divert the attention of the probe agencies, near the Madurai supermarket, has found accusations against the Central government for bringing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-retail sector and uses the term ‘Indian Imperialism’, which was commonly used by Naxalites in the Andhra-Odisha-border and elsewhere. The pamphlets also identified the alleged members in the same vein as rebels in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir. “It is quite unusual for the TNLA to leave such a lengthy document in the form of a pamphlet. It looks like a media release,” said a senior police officer.