Centre to Fund Creation of Special Greyhound-Like Force in Naxal-Affected States
The Centre today toughened its position on Naxalism, ruling out talks with those engaged in waging a war against the state, and reserved its right to retaliate if attacked by them. “There is no plan to hold talks with the Naxals. We will retaliate if attacked,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said while addressing a conference of state Director Generals of Police (DGPs) and Chief Secretaries, the first such conclave to be held after the swearing in of a new government at the Centre. The Centre, it was decided, would finance the creation of special anti-Naxal forces, on the lines of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh, in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Bihar. Greyhounds are credited with achieving considerable success in fighting the Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh. The sense emanating from the daylong meeting was that Odisha and Maharashtra had fared better in combating the Naxalites, or the Left Wing Extremists, while Jharkhand and Bihar had lagged behind.
MHA wants proactive anti-Naxal operations
The BJP government is all set to give its first major push to anti-Naxal operations across 10 states with Union home minister Rajnath Singh telling the CRPF on Thursday to adopt a proactive approach and assuring full backing of the home ministry. The home minister visited CRPF headquarters a day before his meeting with the top brass of 10 states to discuss rolling out the new anti-Naxal strategy. The BJP government is giving a push to coordinated operations by 10 states, including Telangana, affected by the menace. At Friday’s meet, the focus will be on reviving stalled anti-Naxal operations by Central and state police forces, particularly in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, which had considerably slowed down ahead of the general election.
Naxal paper raises chemical weapon bogey
NAGPUR: A detailed circular, issued by western regional unified command of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), has alerted its cadres that security forces were using chemical weapons against them and also trying to get their food poisoned. Underlining that security forces were enjoying an upper hand in the guerrilla zone, Naxalites have urged their cadres to be on high alert. They have issued exhaustive guidelines of strategies through the circular, which is in possession of TOI. Against the backdrop of setbacks, Naxal top command has asserted that security forces using choppers against them more doggedly.
It talked about “Nagpur’s airbase where 10 choppers are kept ready” for deployment. It directed the cadres to strengthen the revolutionary work in both Gadchiroli and Gondia districts despite the reverses the red rebels have been facing. The Naxal leaders have also expressed deep concerns regarding its depleting manpower following mounting pressure of the forces at different levels. The reds have alerted their cadres regarding police’s night ambushes and their willingness to move deeper into the guerrilla zones more frequently. They urged the cadres to guide the commanders regarding the police’s possible ambush points.
The Naxals, known for their manual intelligence network, informed cadres that police had managed to create information collecting bases in all villages. According to a senior security official, Naxals have hinted that the special police officers (SPO) were working as undercover agents for police. The circular indicated that while police patils were open volunteers, SPOs were working behind the curtains. The guerrilla leaders asked the cadres to undertake only such operations that can assure a high degree of success and not take any undue risk. The circular asked them to strengthen the mass base and revive the militia.
Asking cadres to appoint someone for publicity of Naxal literature in every village, they called for a set-up on the lines of public relations department. The cadres were asked to prepare literature in Marathi too. Reminding the cadres of laid-down strategies of central and state military commissions, the circular tells cadres to follow standard operating procedures. It also condemns the surrendered cadres who are leading cops to weapon dumps assembled by the guerillas after much struggle and sacrifices of life. The Naxals have also pointed at the government’s strategy to woo the villagers through different schemes and benefits. The psychological warfare of government against the rebels through surrender policy and other schemes being offered have been highlighted through the circular.
Hardcore Maoist Arrested in Bihar
A hardcore Maoist was arrested today with weapons from a village under Dumaria police station in Gaya district. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a hideout in Tekrakhurd village and nabbed Kameshwar Bhuian, said to a self-styled area commander of the proscribed CPI(Maoist), Senior Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar Singh said. A country-made pistol with ammunition was seized from the ultra. Bhuian had been entrusted with the task to train new recruits in the Maoist outfit, the SSP said, adding the ultra was being interrogated.
Policeman dies in Naxal attack in Gadchiroli
Gadchiroli: A policeman, identified as Umesh Jaavde, died late Thursday night after a group of Maoists opened fire on a police patrol in the Murumgaon Forest area of Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. The body of the police man has been sent for post mortem and will later be handed over to his family. Jaavde hailed from Maharashtra’s Osmanabad District.