Maoists threaten people to boycott 2014 polls in Jharkhand
Naxals have enhanced info network in Bastar ahead of polls
Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Naxals have strengthened their information system in the sensitive Bastar region and deployed informers at strategic locations like police stations, a senior Intelligence Bureau official said. “The recent deadly attacks on security personnel in Sukma and Dantewada districts of south Chhattisgarh were a result of this strategy,” a senior state IB official told PTI here today. “As per the local informers, small action teams of rebels are conducting recee of police stations and security forces camps in sensitive areas to know their movement pattern and kind of weapons they possess during ROP (road opening party) or area domination exercise when they leave their fold,” the official added.
Besides this, these informers also feed their ‘military wing’ of outlawed CPI (Maoists) information about the movement of reinforcement in case of any eventuality, he said. On March 11, 15 security personnel, including 11 CRPF men, and a civilian were killed in Sukma’s forest area bordering Bastar district around 5-6 kms away from Tongpal police station limits. “Naxal informers placed at Tongpal played a vital role in executing this ambush as the party had left from Tongapl police station limits,” he said.
Similarly, in the February 28 attack, in which five police personnel, including a sub-inspector rank officer Vivek Shukla, were killed in Dantewada’s Kuwakonda police station limits, Naxals were very much aware of their movement on motocycles and weapons, he said. According to the official, Naxals have reportedly enhanced the amount of cadres in their informers’ wing, apparently after their failure to execute deadly attempts during the recently-concluded state Assembly elections.
Prima facie information was received that the cadres disguised as school students may also be placed near police station for gathering information, he said. “Although we are aware of this (Left Wing extremism) threat, new revelations have made us recheck our security measures at our doorstep (police stations),” he added. Bastar’s solitary seat is going to polls in the first phase in the state on April 10, while other naxal-affected parliamentary constituencies– Kanker and Rajnandgaon– will have polling on April 17.
Notably, taking a serious concern of the Maoist threat, the Centre had sent additional 400 companies (40,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to ensure peaceful polling during assembly polls. This time again, thousands of additional security personnel are likely to be deployed in the region where already around 60,000 security personnel were deployed for law and order purpose. According to police sources, so far additional 80 companies of paramilitaries have been deployed in Bastar region for ensuring peaceful polling, he said. PTI TKP NP SRS
High alert after Maoist posters found at Punpun in Patna
PATNA: High alert has been sounded on Saturday in Patna district after two posters of the CPI (Maoist) were recovered from Punpun railways station on Friday night. Senior cops alerted local officials besides stepping up security in the district, especially in the areas where Maoist activities have increased in the past few months. According to sources, the Maoists, through the posters, threatened to blow up Punpun station. Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj said the police were verifying the authenticity of the posters.
“However, security in the district has been beefed up as we can’t take any risk during the Lok Sabha elections,” he said. A police official said, “The person who pasted the posters on Punpun railway station is not a member of the banned CPI (Maoist). He is mentally unstable and used to write letters to different administrative heads complaining that his son’s motorcycle has been stolen. However, this time the posters cannot be taken casually in view of the movement of VIPs due to the general elections.”
Security forces comprising CRPF, Rapid Action Force (RAF), special police officers (SPOs), and state police are conducting regular raids in the rural areas of the district. Mock drills are also being conducted in urban and rural areas. According to sources, 60% of Masaurhi and 70% of Paliganj areas are being considered Maoist affected. Several senior leaders of the CPI (Maoist) are visiting the places and are holding meetings, sources said.
A senior cop said during election period, the SPOs play a crucial role, especially in the Maoists affected areas. A few of them work as helpers in grocery shops or study in local colleges. They can easily keep an eye on outsiders and can identify them. In Patna, more than 50% of the 612 SPOs posts are filled. According to police officials, the SPOs working in Patna are useful in operations against organized crime and banned rebel groups.
Maoists disrupt traffic in Bastar, security stepped up
RAIPUR: Maoists dug up roads, felled trees and dropped pamphlets to disrupt traffic in remote areas of tribal Bastar during a bandh that adversely hit normal life on Saturday in south Chhattisgarh.Maoist rebels had called for a bandh on Saturday, the last day of “bandhi saptah” or prisoners week, during which Maoist and their supporters were active in many areas of the seven districts of Bastar region. Weekly markets remained closed in Durgkondal in Kanker district and people kept aloof from markets in Narayananpur and Bijapur district. Eight bogies of a goods train were derailed after Maoists removed fishplates from railway tracks between Kamloor and Danteweada.
The accident affected rail traffic on Kirandul-Jagdalpur railway section. Railways had already declared an alert on Kirandul- Kothavalasa (KK) line in the Maoist region. Police said Naxalites had dug up roads at different places in Sukma district late on Friday light. A number of vehicles queued up at different places in Bastar region till security personnel cleared the roads before noon. They also dropped pamphlets in remote areas of Bhopalapattanam in Bijapur district, asking people to abstain from Lok Sabha polls scheduled for April 10 in tribal Bastar (ST) constituency.
Maoists strike Dantewada, rupture railway track and torch vehicles
Raipur: Three wagons of a goods train and its engine got derailed after Maoists allegedly ruptured a railway track in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. The railway administration has undertaken the track restoration work. “Maoists damaged a rail track on Kirandul-Visakhapatnam route that falls under Bhansi police station limits, due to which three wagons of a goods train and its engine got derailed,” Dantewada Superintendent of Police Narendra Khare said over phone on Saturday. According to the police officer, on Saturday was the last day of their ‘Dandakaranya bandh’, which had been on since the last week.