MHA to name its Naxal wing as Left Wing Extremism division
New Delhi: Days after assuming power, the Narendra Modi government has decided to change the name of its Naxal wing to Left Wing Extremism division. The decision has been taken after discussions with all stakeholders including the Prime Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. As Naxal is a very restricted term, the new government wants to give a much broader nomenclature, a senior Home Ministry official said on Friday. A notification to this effect is likely to be issued within a few days. Meanwhile, the government has decided to send 10,000 addtional paramilitary personnel to Chhattisgarh to augment the forces deployed there. There are around 40,000 paramilitary forces currently deployed in Chhatisgarh.
Two Suspected Naxals held, 5 kg IED Recovered in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Security forces today apprehended two persons suspecting them to be Maoists and recovered an improvised bomb from them in the Naxal-hit Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. Officials said an operation under the command of CRPF was undertaken early today around the Koyalnara village of the district in which the duo were nabbed and a 5-kg IED, three locally-made bombs, a mobile phone and some other material were seized from them. The duo are being checked for their links with Naxals, the officials said, adding they have been handed over to local police.
Maoist Posters Threaten Villagers
RAYAGADA: Maoist posters were found in Sirigumma and Bhalumaska villages in the district on Thursday. Both the villages come under Sirigumma panchayat of Kalyansinghpur block. Through the posters, Maoists threatened villagers of dire consequences if they worked as police informers. They also mentioned that the villagers found guilty in this regard would meet the fate of Gopal Chetty Gandhi, a contractor, who was killed by the rebels in Sikarpai village on Tuesday. Gandhi (48), also a Congress worker and panchayat samiti member, received three gun shots on his chest after which the rebels, belonging to the Basadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali Division of the outfit, stabbed him with knife. A note found near his body said, “You swallowed money of tribals. So we killed you.” It was written by Umakant, secretary of the divisional committee, police said.
The note also stated that the decision to kill Chetty was taken in a kangaroo court. In fact, Maoist violence in Rayagada district has increased during the last 10 days when they committed one murder and set abalze two camps of a contractor. Through the posters and banners, Maoists have also threatened companies like RSB, Utkala Alumina, Vedanta and Aditya Birla groups which have their units in both Rayagada and Kalahandi districts. They directed the companies to cancel all the mining agreements with the State Government.