More forces to tackle Maoist challenge in Sambalpur-Deograh zone
Following two encounters between security forces and Maoists in the Gudguda forests under Meghapal panchayat in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, three more companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been rushed to the district on Friday. Announcing this at a press briefing here, Sambalpur SP Pratik Mohanty said, following intelligence inputs that the Maoists are trying to strengthen their base in the Sambalpur-Sundargarh-Deogarh zone, a decision was taken to deploy more Central forces to flush them out.
“Since the Maoists are trying their best to disrupt the ensuing elections, combing operation has been intensified to foil their attempts”, he said, adding extra security measures have also been taken at the sensitive polling booths where there is a possibility of disruption by Maoists. Mohanty also informed that a case has been registered against Maoist leader Junu Dehuri of Tamparsingha village and 47 others at the Jujumura police station for their involvement in Maoist activities.
Maoist test ahead for AP police
HYDERABAD, April 4, 2014, DHNS: Maoists (erstwhile People’s War Group) kicked off their poll boycott campaign last week with the bulk SMS under the pseudonym of Gudsa Usendi appealing to vote against the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Congress. “Vote against landlords and communal politicians, support Telangana martyrs,” is the slogan on wall posters in the Bhadrachalam, Paderu and Nallamala forest belts. The Election Commission has deployed nearly 150 companies of paramilitary forces across the border districts to ensure that the Maoist groups of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra do not infiltrate into Telangana region where elections are scheduled on April 30.
“We have five helicopters for movement of forces and seven for movement of polling material,” DGP Prasada Rao said. During the 2013 panchayat elections, poll boycott was seen in over 110 villages and 17 panchayats in Visakhapatnam region due to Maoists threat. Elections were called for these 17 gram panchayats in January but at around half-a-dozen places no nominations were filed. In other places 45 to 50 per cent polling was recorded. Similar impact of Maoists is anticipated in the Zilla Parishad and Mandal parishad polls slated next week. Maoists have considerable influence in G K Veedhi, Koyyuru, Chintapalli, G Madugula, Peddabayalu and Munchingput mandals.
The police have stepped up their preparations ahead of the elections and they are on alert with reports of nine action teams of the Maoists moving around to target former tribal welfare minister P Balaraju and former MLC K Sarveswara Rao and those wishing to contest the elections in May. The 2014 General Elections, particularly in Telangana is a litmus test for the AP police who have said Maoist menace is manageable and not impossible to tackle in the backdrop of Telangana formation.
“We are aware of their moves and methods to threaten peaceful electioneering and polling.So we are also prepared now,” the DGP said. The Election Commission has identified 11 assembly segments in Telangana and 10 in Seemandhra region where polling will be held till 4 pm and the EVMs will be moved to safety by helicopters before sunset. The revolutionary poet and president of the newly formed Revolutionary Democratic Front P Varavara Rao has branded actor Pawan Kalyan and his party Jana Sena as a front for the BJP, TDP and the Congress. Rao has also called on the TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao and CPI secretary K Narayana and sought their interference to end the ban on Maoists and their 7 frontal organisations.
Maoists were banned in the state in 2005 after Congress MLA C Narasa Reddy was killed. Maoists leaders have made it clear that they would support the Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) and CPI in Telangana and oppose the YSRC, TDP in Seemandhra and support the CPM and Congress there.
27 IEDs recovered ahead of Nitish’s visit to Gaya
At least 27 IEDs, suspected to have been planted by Maoists to target polling staff and security forces during the Lok Sabha polls, were recovered in Imamganj police station of Gaya area on Friday evening. The forces also recovered more than 50 pipes and can-bombs during the search operations. Police suspect that more than 100 IEDs were planted between Pakdi Guria and Kothilwa villages in Lutwa forest tracts of the district.
Security forces are conducting de-mining operations in several areas of Imamganj ahead of voting on April 10 to ensure violence-free polling. Gaya city superintendent of police (SP) Chandan Kushwaha was camping in Sherghati since the last five days to ensure fool-proof security in view of chief minister Nitish Kumar’s election rally on Saturday. But with today’s development, he has been asked to rush to Imamganj to assist security forces. Senior SP, Nishant Kumar Tiwari, said a team of CoBRA, CRPF and district police were on a search operation when it recovered the explosives placed beneath a 1 km stretch of road leading to Lutwa forest.
He said that the explosives were planted by rebels to ambush polling parties and security personnel during the polls on April 10. Tiwari further stated that during search of villages, security forces first noticed some wires lying near the road. They used land mine detectors, which revealed several landmines planted along the next 5km. He said, “We were getting regular inputs that Maoists have planted landmines under all the kacchi roads in the forested hilly region of Lutwa. We had deployed security forces because to the fact that they are experts in demining landmines. A bomb disposal squad has been rushed to the area from district headquarters to clear the Lutwa area and render it safe.
Maoists Planning Big Strikes During Adilabad Polls?
Even as the political leaders and the district administration are busy with the various ongoing and coming elections, the Maoists are reportedly preparing for some major strike(s) in the district during the elections, according to sources. For this, they say, two ‘action teams’, one of which is led by Charles Sobraj and Mailarapu Adellu Alias Bhaskar and the other by another Maosit leader, have sneaked into the district via the Dandakaranya forests in Maharashtra and have started appointing village and mandal level committees. The district police, on their part, are taking all necessary measures to thwart any Maoist violence during the elections.
They have deployed 10 teams, each comprising 40 policemen, to conduct combing operations along with armed forces and Grey Hounds in the villages of Tiryani, Koutala, Dahegam, Vemanpelly, Narnor, Bejjur, Asifabad and Chennur mandals, especially those lying on the borders with Chattisgarh and Maharashtra, They are also looking for the Maoists in the forests abutting the Pranitha river banks.
District Superintendent of Police Dr Gajarao Bhupal told Express that the police teams were conducting combing operations deep inside the forests and were collecting information from the forest dwellers about the Maoists’ movements. He also said that the SEC had declared a different election schedule for the Maoist-affected areas. However, unlike in AP, elections in all the other Maoist-affected areas in states like Maharashtra, Chattisgarh , Western Orissa and Bihar poling will be held for one day and that too on the same day.
Massive security umbrella over Chhattisgarh’s red hot Bastar
RAIPUR: Red patches of Maoist hotbed in Chhattisgarh’s tribal Bastar, which goes to polls in the first phase on April 10, witnesses a deafening silence amid massive campaigns across the country, with more than 300 polling booths declared hypersensitive and nearly 220 being shifted to ‘safer’ areas. Election Commission of India has recently approved shifting of these booths, located at hypersensitive trouble-prone areas, to places near the market, schools and police stations for security reasons, sources at state electoral office said. Election authorities are also making arrangements for ‘web-cast’ from selected polling booths where it is technically feasible.
Due to shifting of booths, there may be hundreds of people who would then have to walk down more than 20 kilometers to cast their votes in the scorching heat without any special conveyance arrangements. About 99 polling booths at Bijapur, 56 at Dantewada, 60 at Konta and other at Narayanpur, Jagdalpur, Kondagaon are among those to be shifted near populated safer zones. However, other polling booths at sensitive and hyper-sensitive parts would be covered under massive security as well.
Begusarai police arrest 448 for peaceful election
BEGUSARAI: With the election to Begusarai parliamentary constituency and by-polls to Sahebpur Kamal assembly seat to be held simultaneously on April 30, the Begusarai police are going tough against the criminals and anti-social elements in the district. Begusarai SP Harpreet Kaur on Friday said to conduct free and impartial polls in the district, the police have arrested altogether 448 suspected trouble makers connected to 135 vulnerable polling booths and 158 Maoist-prone booths.
The police have identified these booths for special attention during the election. The Begusarai parliamentary constituency comprises 1,641 polling booths. The SP said to hold free and fair poll in the district, the police initiated several drives during the last one month.
Two arrested in combing operation in Manipur
The troopers of Red Shield Division conducted a combing operation at Laiaren Sajik areas on the basis of intelligence reports that some rebels were sighted in the immediate vicinity. An official statement said that the troopers were able to arrest Ramanad Ningthoujam, the self styled finance secretary of the Kangleipak Communist Party (Noyon group). He is from Phumlou Maning Leikai in Bishnupur district. One US made 9 mm pistol with nine live rounds was found from his possession.
The troopers also conducted another combing operation at Mayang Langjing. One self styled private of the Kangleipak Communist Party (Military Task Fore) was nabbed. He was identified as Rupachandra Phijam. No weapon was found from his possession.
BJP office vandalised in Manipur
Five armed persons vandalised the office of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Ukhrul district on Friday and asked the members who were present there not to reopen the office. The persons armed with sophisticated weapons pulled down the party flag and smashed various office items. Though the BJP is located in the heart of the Ukhrul town, police and paramilitary persons were not aware of the attack. When asked about this, some ranking police officers in the border district reportedly said that they have not received “any written complaint”.