Fear of Naxal disturbances in Sept keeps police on their toes
Raipur: With the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) planning to create disturbances to mark its decade of formation this September, police is bracing up to counter any such move and make people aware about the “futility” of the rebel movements. The Maoists are preparing several programmes to suit the occasion all over the country in their strongholds and to demonstrate their influence even after facing critical situations in several regions, as per intelligence inputs.
On the direction of a central committee of the banned outfit, its branches – regional bureaus, state committees and special zonal committees – have released circulars on the significance of completion of ten years along with the activities to be carried out during this period in their respective regions, a senior Intelligence Bureau (IB) official told PTI. The Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and People’s War Group (PWG) merged to form CPI(Maoist) on September 21, 2004, and since then they have been observing foundation week every year from September 21 to 27. To thwart the efforts of the Maoists, police is also gearing up to intensify operations in the LWE (left wing extremism) hit areas.
“We will intensify our operations during this period and would like to educate the populace about futility of war waged by the Maoists as it has adversely affected development and peace of the area,” Chhattisgarh Additional Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) R K Vij told PTI. “We are well aware of the situation and have issued necessary instructions to officials in various regions in this connection. Every suspicious activity is under scanner,” Vij said. As per the documents received from a Naxal camp during raids, the preparation for the 10th anniversary scheduled from September 21 to 30 started three months back.
The restive Abhujmad region (bordering Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra) of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, which is considered a Naxal heartland, may host some big programmes which will witness the presence of top Maoist leaders, the IB official said. The celebration has been planned for ten days but they have decided to extend it, depending upon the conditions, the official said. Publication of Maoist magazines based on ideological, political and military concepts of rebels and autobiography of their killed leaders are underway. In the absence of magazines, the Naxals have been asked to bring out at least a bulletin or souvenir describing the background of movement in their areas, the official said. Besides, they are also engaged in uniting Naxal groups to carry out some evil strikes. Expanding base areas, logistic support base in urban areas and recruitment of fresh cadres are other tasks to be undertaken on this occasion, he said.
CRPF commandant killed during anti-naxal operation in Bihar
A CRPF commandant was killed during an anti-naxal operation in Lakharia forest region of Bihar’s Jamui district on Friday. Commandant Hari Kant Jha, who was the second-in-command of the CRPF base in Jamui, got an information around 4 a.m. that Maoists were camping in the forests, Jamui SP-in charge R.N. Tiwary said. “Jha formed a team of CRPF jawans and led them to the forest. They came across the Maoists and an encounter ensued. Jha was hit by bullets and died on the spot.
The battle continued for over two hours,” Mr. Tiwary said. Mr. Tiwary said CRPF personnel from other camps have been dispatched to the place of the incident, which is around 30 km from the Khaira police station and lies close to Jamui’s border with Jharkhand. “The body of the Commandant has been recovered by the CRPF personnel and it is being brought to the police station,” he said. CRPF Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) Chiranjeev Prasad said senior officials had rushed to Jamui to take stock of the situation and intensive combing operation had been launched in areas surrounding the place of incident. “As per our reports, the encounter began at around 5 AM when Jha led our forces inside the jungle.
A few Maoists also seem to have been killed and injured in the incident. The place has been surrounded and our additional troops are reaching there,” Mr. Prasad said. Jamui, bordering Jharkhand, is considered a hotbed of Maoists in Bihar with other districts like Gaya, Aurangabad, Munger and Lakhisarai.
Police step up propaganda war against Naxals
NAGPUR: State anti-Naxal operation’s (ANO) media cell, formed only around a year ago with some former scribes, has started cornering the rebels in their den using their own tactics that the rebels had used against cops. The publicity material, released from ANO, generally carry a heavy dose of anti-Naxal sentiments apart from highlighting failures of the guerilla movement as against democracy and government’s beneficial policies. ANO’s anti-Naxal press material also has been regularly bringing to fore the background of each surrendered rebel and his or her disillusionment with the movement in detail.
If a state does not follow Centre’s policy, funds to it to be curtailed: MHA
NEW DELHI: Faced with dissenting voices from the Bihar government on its aggressive policy against Left-wing extremism, the Union home ministry could starve the state of the large funds under various schemes for security and development in areas affected by Maoists or Naxals if it does not effectively toe a uniform national policy against the extremists. All states will have to follow a uniform approach against Maoists or risk losing funding from the Centre for the cause, a senior home ministry official said, adding that he hoped this could make Bihar government fall in line. “Bihar government under Nitish Kumar also did not follow a uniform policy spelt out by the Centre. But the UPA did not take any action against Bihar on this count. The new government, however, is clear — if a state does not follow a uniform policy against Naxals, funds to it under Security Related Expenditure scheme, Special Infrastructure Scheme and Integrated Action Plan will be curtailed,” the official said. “The funds will depend on the results and strict monitoring of the funds to states will be done.”
Not ENOUGH Naxals? States fight to keep ‘Maoist-hit’ tag as Centre tries to rejig list
The Centre wants to remove the “Maoist-hit” status of some states that have not witnessed widespread violence in the past few years, but resistance from the state governments is creating hurdles. With the Home Ministry keen to add some other states to the list, efforts will be made to remove the Maoist-affected status of several states. Sources said after reviewing the situation in states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, attempts were made remove them from the list, but the state governments did not allow the move to go ahead. There has been almost no Maoist activity in these states in the past few years, they added.
The rebel movement has gained momentum in the southern tri-junction of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, making this a new Maoist stronghold. “Some districts of these three states, which form a trijunction, are severely hit by left wing extremism. We want these states to be declared Maoist-hit,” said a Home Ministry official. “This is only possible when some other states where there has been no Maoist activity agree to be removed. Since funds are given to Maoist hit states, state governments do not want to shed the tag,” the official added. Sources said within the next year, states that have not recorded any Maoist activity will not get the benefits given to states affected by left wing extremism. At present, there are 10 states that are considered Maoist-affected. These are Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and Telenagana. The Maoist threat in south India has led to the Home Ministry sending advisories to states and asking them to take preventive measures.
Police recover huge cache of explosives from Maoist hotbed in Gaya District
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in a joint operation with Gaya District police have confirmed the recovery of a huge cache of explosives from a Maoist hideout. The explosives were recovered from a cave in the outskirts of the district. “The joint team of CRPF and police recovered land mines explosives, which includes 18 pressure cookers, 18 pipes, one detonator, 100 bombs and one bundle wire,” said Station House Officer Rajeev Ranjan.