Post-poll lull in anti-Maoist operations
NEW DELHI: Elections may have brought in a government perceived to have a tough stance on internal security. But ironically, these have had a negative impact on anti-Naxal operations. With security forces having been put to rigorous duty during the polling, anti-Maoist operations have almost died down post polls. While a large chunk of the forces fighting Naxals have gone on leave to recuperate from poll exertion, the searing heat in the plains this year has restricted movement of the existing battalions. Thus a major chunk of operational time (between March and June) has been lost to poll duties and post-poll recuperation.
July onwards rains will kick in and it would become very difficult to move in the jungles of Chhattisgarh with overflowing rivers, inundated tracks and heavy undergrowth. Meanwhile, intelligence inputs indicate that Maoists, having suffered a setback in terms of impacting the elections, are regrouping and redrawing their strategy to take on the Indian state. The new government could have a lot on its plate to deal with in terms of Maoist violence. “We had to give our jawans some breathing space after the relentless effort they put in during elections. All leaves had been cancelled at that time so jawans have been allowed to go home. Only a refreshed and re-energised jawan can conduct successful operations. Operations are still on, but the intensity is down,” Dilip Trivedi, DG of CRPF, the largest force fighting Naxalites, told TOI. Another senior officer added, “The heat this year is unforgiving. Jawans can carry only as much water.
All natural water resources dry up in the jungles and trees shed their leaves so there is no shade either. We can’t do long-range operations under such circumstances.” Sources said the force is utilising the time to build its resources, upgrade weaponry and strengthen its defences for the period after rains. Other things keeping the force busy include preparation for malaria onslaught and looming annual transfers. Though forces ensured polls in Naxal areas were successful with record voting, they also suffered serious losses. Beginning with the notification of elections on March 5, security forces have lost close to 50 men to Naxal ambushes. On the other side, however, there hasn’t been such severe damage with few Naxals being killed.
Maharashtra Police bust Maoist hideout in Gadchiroli, one killed
Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), June 15 (ANI): Maharashtra Police have confirmed busting a Maoist hideout in the jungles of the state’s Gadchiroli District. Police also said that during the raid, they were engaged in a fierce gun battle with the rebels, and added that one rebel was killed and number of explosives had been recovered.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Superintendent of Police for Gadchiroli, M. Raj Kumar, said, “Today (Saturday) during our search operation in the jungle areas we spotted a Naxal camp. The rebels opened fire on the police officials and we retaliated in self defence. The Naxals fled from the camp. When we searched the camp area, we found three claymore mines, explosive blast, many wire bundles with fuses, one 9 mm semi automatic pistol, 1 country made gun and a dead body.” The identity of the recovered body has not been ascertained.
Maoist held in Bihar
Jehanabad: A Maoist has been arrested from a village in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, police said on Sunday. Acting on a tip off, the police raided Sugao village and apprehended the ultra, identified as Bhim Sharma alias Rakesh Sharma yesterday, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Aditya Kumar here said. He was sent to jail after interrogation in cases of extortion lodged against him under various police stations in the district, the SP said.
No bail for DU teacher Saibaba accused of Maoist links
NAGPUR: The Gadchiroli sessions court in Maharashtra on Friday rejected the bail plea of GN Saibaba, the Delhi University lecturer arrested for alleged connections with Naxalites. Saibaba, who teaches English at Ram Lal Anand College of Delhi University and is wheelchair-bound, is the deputy secretary of “Revolutionary Democratic Front”. He is in custody since May 9 after Maharashtra police arrested him in Delhi last month. The sessions court in Gadchiroli district on Friday refused to grant him bail, a press release issued by Gadchiroli police said.