Forces mull rebel strategy
Patna, July 5: More tactical operations with long-range patrolling (LRP) await Maoists in the monsoon months. With a CRPF deputy commandant falling to rebel bullets in Jamui yesterday, senior police officers said there would be precautionary tactical changes so that the forces do not come under direct enemy fire. “The LRP teams mainly move into the dense forests, which are Maoist hideouts. With the rain pouring continuously, the vegetation in the forests increases leading further chances of Maoist ambush. Visibility remains a problem during the rains in forests. The Jamui incident was unfortunate but the operations against the Maoists will not stop,” inspector-general of police (operations), S.M. Khopade, camping in Jamui, told The Telegraph today. Harikant Jha, the deceased officer, was second-in-command of the CRPF’s 7th Battalion, stationed in Jharkhand’s Giridih district. A group of armed Maoists ambushed the team when it was on way to Lakhari village in Jamui to carry out a search operation on a tip-off.
With the men, led by Jha, having no information about the topography of the area, the Maoists ambushed them killing Jha, hailing from Dhanbad in Jharkhand. Police sources said one woman, suspected to be the wife of Sidhu Koda, the self-styled Maoist zonal commander of the area, had been nabbed by the security forces and was being interrogated. The woman was wearing Maoist uniform, the sources said, adding that along with her, some more suspects had been picked up. “Before any team gets into the forest area for an LRP, local contacts will be used extensively and they will do an early recce of the area before the security forces set foot. Once they give the green signal, the security forces will move. This will save the forces from any risks. However, the operations against the Maoists will not stop and the police are planning two to three operations at this moment,” Khopade said.
The sources said movement in the forests was always a problem during the rains, especially for those who were new in the area. “Wherever there is an operation going on, the forces first scan the forest areas and then set three to four pathways in which they move. They try not to deviate from those paths. During the rains, these pathways, because of the fresh grown vegetation, disappear and the forces cannot reconstruct them again as the rains are pouring all the time,” a police officer said on conditions of anonymity.
Six rebels were arrested from Murgibigha village in Maoist-hit Aurangabad district today. Superintendent of police Upendra Kumar Sharma said the men in uniform cordoned off Murgibigha village on a tip-off and arrested the six. They were arrested while loading vegetables and food items into a tempo to carry them to a nearby jungle where rebel camps were located, he said. Murgibigha is located in the jungles on the border of Bihar and Jharkhand and is considered a Maoist den.
Maoist area commander arrested
Begusarai (Bihar), Jul 6 (PTI) A Maoist area commander was arrested today with weapons at a village in Begusarai district, police said. Acting on a tip-off, police raided Pali village and nabbed the Maoist, identified as Bihari Paswan, and seized from him a pistol, seven cartridges and four mobile phones, besides Naxal literature, Superintendent of Police (SP) Manoj Kumar said.
Two Maoist party couriers arrested
Two persons were arrested for couriering a packet, containing Rs 8 lakh cash and some Maoist literature near here, police said today. The two persons, identified as Maoist party couriers — Y Murali and G Raghupathi, were arrested from a bus last night at Chinabowinapally village in Eturunagaram mandal of the district, Mulug DSP, Muralidhar said. One unidentified person had handed over a packet, containing Rs 8 lakh cash and some literature to the duo, which was to be couriered to another person at Chityala village in Eturunagaram mandal. Both of them belonged to Chityala village in Eturunagaram mandal and have been working as couriers to Maoist party and have a past police record, police added.
1 More Arrested in Dharmapuri
DHARMAPURI / SALEM: On a day police got the custody of three Natham Colony residents detained in connection with alleged Maoist links, a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of association with an extremist Left-wing organisation, here on Saturday. Sources said that S Daniel Raj (30), a resident of Kondamaptti here, was picked up by the Krishnapuram police, taking the number of persons arrested till date for alleged Maoist links to eight.
Meanwhile, police were granted a five-day custody of three Natham Colony residents – Sakthi, Durai and Santhosh – who were arrested on June 28, by the Judicial Magistrate Court II. The three persons would be in police custody till July 9, after which they would they be sent to Salem prison. Amidst these developments, an independent fact-finding team, probing the recent arrests, claimed that the police crackdown was brutal and the detenus were manhandled in front of their families. The team led by A Marx, human rights activist and writer, and comprising V Srinivasan, social activist, and G K Ramasamy, founder of Bangalore People Democracy Forum, among others, picked holes in the police version of the arrests.
Nepal, India begin security talks
Kathmandu : Nepal’s request for supply of arms and military stores and equipment from India was expected to figure prominently in talks on security issues between the two close neighbours that began here Sunday The two-day 11th meeting of the Nepal-India Bilateral Consultative Group on Security Issues at the Nepal Army headquarters here was expected to reach an agreement on Nepal’s intended purchase of military stores and equipment and weapons from India. “The meeting is expected to discuss the procurement of military equipment for training, joint exercises, counter-terrorism action, and information sharing between the two armies,” the Nepal Army said in a statement.