Naxals becoming parallel force: MHA
Contrary to the UPA government’s claim that Naxal growth is being contained, fresh statistics presented by security forces to Union home minister Rajnath Singh shows the CPI (Maoist) has become almost a parallel force in the “Red Zones”. One lakh sangam cadres, 2,080 dalam members, more than two dozen “platoons” and “companies” of 3,000 Naxalites with regular weapons and 3,000 with sophisticated weapons like LMGs, AK-47s, INSAS rifles, SLRs and mortars are part of a formidable Maoist army. The Reds have key links with the PLA of Manipur, RPF and NSCN-IM, the home ministry has told Mr Singh. The secret note, prepared by the ministry of home affairs (MHA), also warns that Maoists will get more active in espousing the Kashmir cause and work for a strategic “United Front” in its bid to counter the hard anti-Naxal push planned by the new BJP government.
The Naxal forces have built up formidable strength and have chalked out a detailed plan of deployment across the red corridor, making it difficult for the security forces or any government machinery to penetrate, top government sources said. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal being their areas of operations, the deployment plan chalks out core areas of operations. In the Dandkaranya region, two “battalions” and 22-25 “platoons” have been spread out, making it one of the hardest regions for state machinery to penetrate. The Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh zone has at least 12 “battalions” and around 45,000 weapons. The Andhra-Orissa-Bihar special zonal committee of the Maoists has at least the “companies” (180 cadres) deployed in the border areas.
Naxal held, tiffin bomb seized
A naxal who was the part of a Maoist squad allegedly planning to ambush security personnel in Dantewada district, was arrested today and a tiffin bomb recovered from his possession, police said. The cadre was nabbed by a team of district force from Nerli Ghat forests under Bacheli police station limits while he was trying to escape from the region in the wee hours, Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Kamlochan Kashyap, told PTI. The arrested was identified as Budhram Telam (30), a Jan Militia member of Maoist and was active in farmer wing of Kamaloor-Bhansi area committee of Maoist, the SP said.
Acting on a tip off that Maoists’ commanders had called up a meeting of local Jan Militia members last night in restive Nerli ghat forests, security personnel were mobilised on a combing in the region, located around 450 kms away from here. The gathering was allegedly meant to execute some deadly activities on the last day of ‘Janpituri week’ being observed by the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) from June 5- 11, he said. On sensing the security personnel near them, rebels fled to the core forests. Meanwhile, one of them was nabbed along with a tiffin bomb of 2.5 kg, the SP said. Besides, couple of Naxal posters and banners was also recovered from his possession, he added.
Bastar to be focus of govt’s all out war against red terror
Putting its best foot forward to keep the Maoists under check, Union home ministry has decided to place Chhattisgarh and more specifically its worst-affected Bastar division at the heart of the anti-Maoist offensive. As part of the strategy to deal with Maoists, the Centre would initiate unified psychological-war policy, district reserve police for strengthening the Superintendent of Police level officers, posting officers from army, central paramilitary and other states with experience in anti-Maoists operations and more boots on ground to fill security vacuum especially in Bastar, sources told HT. When Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh met Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday, the state government in its presentation said though the Maoists are active in Bastar since early 70s, it has now emerged as the epicentre of left wing extremism. The current phase of heightened activities in Bastar started almost 14 years ago.
“The Centre, which had already decided to deploy around 10,000 more paramilitary men, told the CM that it is ready to increase boots on ground but the state will also need to focus its energy on containing rebels,” said an MHA official requesting anonymity. The state told the Centre it required 26 more battalions (around 26,000 security men) in the first phase for filling up security vacuums. “The state and the Centre were in agreement over deployment of more central forces along the inter-border to check easy movement of Maoists from one state to another. Bastar is surrounded by three states — Odisha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh,” said the official.
Three ‘Maoists’ nabbed; 20 kg IED seized in Odisha
In two separate developments, three suspected Maoists were nabbed and 20 kg of explosives recovered by security forces on Wednesday in Maoist-affected Sundargarh and Keonjhar districts in Odisha. A CRPF patrol party caught three suspected Maoists in the Patrapalli area under Bisra police limits in Sundergarh district.
They have been handed over to the local police. They have been identified as Rajkumar Sahu (21), Uma Sahoo (22) and Anil Lakra (23), said sources in the CRPF. In a separate incident, CRPF personnel recovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) weighing 10 kg each from a forested area in the Daitari mining belt in Keonjhar district, which were planted reportedly to target security forces, said CRPF sources.