Maoist presence in 6 districts: Home Minister
Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala told the Assembly on Monday that there were reports of Maoist “presence” in the forest and adjoining areas in five northern districts of the State. Replying to questions in the House, he said the government was in receipt of intelligence reports of Maoist “presence” in Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasaragod districts. Commandoes trained in handling them had been deployed in these districts, he said.
Special aid for 3 Maoist-hit districts
RANCHI: Three Maoist-hit districts in Santhal Pargana are likely to be included in the Centre’s integrated action plan (IAP) in a few days, said Godda MP Nishikant Dubey on Monday. Inclusion of the districts in the central scheme would mean Rs 35 crore additional annual assistance for each, besides other development and employment-generating projects. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said he received a “letter of recommendation” from the Narendra Modi government that stated that three of the six districts under Santhal Pargana division – Dumka, Deoghar and Pakur – would be covered by IAP.
Bastar set to become the most militarised zone
…Bastar is also set to be the most militarised zone in the entire country with the CM comparing the security deployment in Jammu & Kashmir vis-a-vis Bastar while making a case on Monday before Singh for pumping in more forces in the country’s worst Maoist den. The CM wants 26 more central paramilitary battalions, preferably Naga Battalions, to be posted in Chhattisgarh in addition to the 48 battalions already fighting the Maoists in the state. The request has been acceded to, with Centre promising 10 additional battalions by the end of 2014 and the rest in the next two years. In all, that would translate into one lakh security-men deployed in the state by 2016, which the CM termed as “achieving a critical mass in force deployment”…
BSF sets up 2 camps along C’garh border
KORAPUT: With Maoists trying to strengthen their base along Odisha-Chhattisgarh border in Nabarangpur district, the BSF recently established two permanent camps to boost its ongoing anti-extremist operations. “Maoists regularly infiltrate into the state from neighbouring Chhattisgarh due to absence of any permanent security camp on the boundary. Based on specific intelligence inputs we conducted operations, but it was not sufficient.
After the camp, regular operation could be carried out and movement of Maoists checked,” said SP (Nabarangpur) Brajesh Roy. He said at least one company of the BSF will be deployed at each of the two camps at Kundai and Raighar. Once considered a Maoist-free zone, Nabarangpur district is witnessing a spurt in rebel activities along the border.
Maoist leader sentenced to 10 years in jail
Koraput (Odisha), June 10 (PTI) A court in Odisha’s Koraput district today sentenced Maoist leader Chenda Bhusanam alias Ghasi to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in connection with possession of arms and attack on policemen. The court of additional district and sessions judge, Koraput, Pradip Kumar Mohanta found Ghasi guilty yesterday and pronounced the quantum of punishment today. The court also slapped a penalty of Rs 35,000.
‘Left ultras’ in Kochi college under scanner
KOCHI: The Kochi special branch is verifying the antecedents of two students from the Government Law College for alleged close links with pro-Maoist outfits. On comrade Varghese remembrance day on February 18, posters had come up in classrooms and the central circle, the main hangout for students in the campus, of the college urging “everyone to continue the war”. “There were also reports that meetings were held in the men’s hostel at night,” said a source.
A faculty said that students had approached the then principal and urged authorities to remove those posters from the campus. Meanwhile, sources said that the Maoists had formed a separate committee to plan, organise and control activities exclusively within city limits. “Earlier, they had committees to control movements in tribal and rural areas in the state. Recently, they have launched a separate committee for urban areas.
As part of the ‘urban movement’, they are trying to widen their reach in urban industrial belts, and among workers, students and activists,” he said. Apart from the law college campus, these activists are holding meetings in other public places in the city. “Ever since the posters appeared, a few students are under our surveillance and we are also watching a few students in the Kozhikode law college campus,” he said.