The Achilles heel of Telangana
If the Maoists were to try and re-establish their base, it could only be through Khammam district
If there were to be an Achilles heel for Telangana, it would be Khammam. . Currently, there is not much of Maoist activity in Telangana State owing to relentless counter insurgency operations and loss of people’s support for the revolutionary movement. But if the Maoists were to try to re-establish their base, it could only be through this district which shares border with Bastar, the red zone in Chhattisgarh. Khammam was to share borders with extremist affected areas of Odisha too, but Chintur mandal on the border was merged with the successor State of Andhra Pradesh by the Centre in view of the submergence of areas by Polavaram project.
This Chintur mandal now in Andhra Pradesh will share borders with Odisha, Telangana and Chhattisgarh and thus this tri-junction will be of crucial importance both for the red brigade and the police. In the post-bifurcation scenario, checking the spread of Maoist activity will be the biggest challenge to the security agencies in addition to keeping a constant vigil on the porous border and checking inter-state movement of Maoists, feel security experts. The inter-state border with Chhattisgarh runs across the tribal sub-plan mandals – Charla, Dummugudem, Wajedu and Venkatapuram mandals of the Bhadrachalam division.
These mandals are considered highly volatile due to their close proximity with the dense forest pockets in the core Dandakaranya forest belt falling in Sukma and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh. Police source say use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is the only solution for keeping a vigil on the borders. “Any deviation from the current counter-insurgency strategy may give scope for rebels to revive their base in the agency areas.
There is likelihood of rebels trying to win over the Adivasi youths by taking advantage of the widespread resentment among Adivasis against Polavaram project,” a police officer argues. Notwithstanding increasing number of encounters, arrests and surrenders of the Maoist leaders in the last few years, the rebels managed to carry out blast cell phone towers, equipment engaged in road construction works and their targets periodically in Bhadrachalam Agency.
Powerful landmine recovered during anti-Naxal operation, defused in Saranda
A powerful landmine was recovered during an anti-Naxal operation in Naxal-infested Saranda in West Singhbhum district on Wednesday, police said. The recovery was made while the district armed police and 197 battalion of CRPF were on Long-range Patrolling, SP NK Singh said. Security personnel detected and defused the explosive, weighing 15 kgs, underneath a road between Jambaibur and Karampada under Chotanagra police station, he said.
Naxal Commander Arrested in Jharkhand
Security forces today apprehended a suspected Naxal commander along with arms and ammunition from West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Officials said a squad of forces led by paramilitary Central Reserve Ppolice Force (CRPF) apprehended the area commander of CPI (Maoist) Chokro Chaki (27) from Sonua police station area of the district. A pistol, three rounds of ammunition and a mobile phone were also recovered from Chaki, they said, adding he has been handed over to the local police.
Agri Dept misappropriates crores charge Maoists
IMPHAL, June 5: The Maoist Communist Party of Manipur has accused the state Agriculture Department of misappropriating thousands of crores meant for aiding farmers of the State. A release by the publicity secretary of the proscribed outfit Nonglen Meitei states that the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) was taken up by the National Development Council in its 53rd meeting held in 2007. The mission seeks to ensure better production of rice, wheat and pulses etc wherein the nine districts of Manipur are included. The financial help given by the mission to Manipur is mainly objected at providing rice seeds and irrigation facilities.
A total of Rs 1,21,628 lacs was sanctioned under the scheme for the financial year of 2012-13 and the utilisation certificate for the amount was given on May 9,2013. Unfortunately, the said amount was never disbursed to the farmers. Under the same mission, the state received a total of Rs 2,600.004 lacs for 2013-14 which also did not reach the targeted farming population. At present, another 1559.09 lacs has been approved for sanction by the ministry for the current financial year on May 21, 2014. The funds sanctioned for 2012 till 2014 has been prioritized at better rice production. But, the funds for the present year also targets at producing vegetables inclusive with rice, this was stated by the director of Crops ministry of Agriculture Department namely Reena Shah to the state Agriculture department in an approval letter.
The outfit states that a total of Rs 3816,28 lacs has been misappropriated by the concerned officials of the department. The funds meant for the current year will be checked by the Maoist party so that the farmers of the land will have their due benefit. A state like ours will benefit from the funds meant for helping the farmers which will ultimately lead to more food production and further attend self-sustainable status of Manipur.
The NFSM has been providing finances for procuring of rice seeds and irrigation facilities, but the officials of the Agriculture department have misled the public and kept the money for their vested personal purposes, it alleged. The Maoist will not take a silent stance when the public of the state has been robbed of their rights. The concerned department should take up necessary actions against the errant officials of the department by June 10, 2014 failing which the outfit will take up stringent measures, it said.
Maoists turn against Odisha tribal leader, ask people to reject him
Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Narayanpatna ( Koraput), June 5 : After using Nachika Linga, the undisputed leader of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) of Narayanpatna in Odisha’s Koraput district, for years, to gain control over this backward tribal region, the Maoists have suddenly turned against him. In a release issued in Telugu on Wednesday evening, Daya, a member of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) and secretary of Koraput-Srikakulam committee of the outlawed CPI-Maoist party, has asked people in Narayanpatna to boycott Nachika and support the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) instead to take forward their struggle for justice. Accusing Nachika Linga of turning a renegade and striking a deal with the police to get rid of the multiple criminal cases pending against him, Daya, in his statement, has called upon the people in Narayanpatna to disown him as their leader for shunning his ideals to pursue his ‘selfish personal agenda’.