Maoists regroup to regain hold in Visakhapatnam’s Visakha Agency
VISAKHAPATNAM: After nearly a five-month lull, Maoists have reportedly begun regrouping to regain their stronghold areas in the Visakha Agency ahead of the Martyrs Week to be observed from July 28 to August 3. According to sources, the banned outfit has already started setting up small squads as part of its damage control strategy and to show its presence during the upcoming Martyr’s week celebrations. They have already formed small squads in the Puttakota, Pedalanka and Palakajeedi areas of the Visakha Agency, sending cops into a tizzy, said sources.
According to a senior cop involved in anti-naxal operations, big leaders of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) like military operations chief Pratapareddy Ramachandra Reddy alias Chalapati, AOBSZC member Bakuru Venkata Ramana alias Ganesh had entered the district along with one company of the Central Regional Bureau (CRB), a military wing, led by Kudumula Venkata Rao alias Ravi.
Admitting that the Maoist movement is visible in Munchingput, Pedabayalu and G Madugula mandals, Visakapatnam Rural SP Vikram Jeet Duggal said: “We have inputs that they are trying to regroup in some pockets of the Agency. Our anti-naxal operations will continue with increased focus.” With almost all Maoist activities coming to a standstill in the Agency areas over the past few months, barring one or two incidents, initially the cops thought that the Reds have shifted their activities to Odisha. But following intelligence inputs, they arrived at the conclusion that it was just a strategy of the banned outfit to wait for better conditions to strike again.
Anti-Naxal ops: Govt deploys 1,000 fresh ITBP personnel in CG
New Delhi: In order to bolster anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh, government has deployed a fresh contingent of about 1,000 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in the state. The specially trained contingent of the paramilitary will be initially inducted to operate in Rajnandgaon district of the state, which borders Madhya Pradesh. “The squad will also be used to intensify anti-Maoist operations along the state’s borders. The troops of the unit will also render sanitisation duties in order to secure helicopter operations,” a senior officer said. ITBP has marked its 46th battalion for the task and it will join three of its other battalions that are already deployed in the district for similar operations.
“The unit is getting inducted into the state at present,” the officer added. The officer said the force was tasked with the job as it has undertaken good operations in the particular district in the past and hence their responsibilities have been widened. Chhattisgarh already has over 32,000 personnel of various paramilitary forces like Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force and ITBP to undertake these operations. The deployment of the squad was also discussed during the recent meeting of Left Wing Extremism states which was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his office few weeks back.
Mobile networks in Naxal-hit areas in 15 months: Prasad
New Delhi, July 21 (IANS): Mobile networks are likely to be set up in the Naxal-affected areas in 15 months under the Universal Service Obligation Fund scheme, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Monday. “Mobile networks under the USOF scheme are likely to be set up in 15 months. Phase VII expansion of BSNL in the states affected by LWE (Left Wing Extremism) is likely to be completed by April 2015,” he said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. Saying that the government is concerned about the coverage and quality of telecommunication services in LWE-affected areas, he added that the government has approved installation of mobile towers at 1,836 locations in the states affected by LWE with funding from USOF. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has already installed mobile towers at 363 locations.
C’garh: Trader arrested for supplying to Naxals
Two persons, including a Bhilai-based businessman, have been arrested for allegedly supplying materials used for making arms and ammunition to Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said here today. Businessman Yogesh Vardani and Ramadhar Verma, a driver who hails from Kerlapal areal of Sukma, were arrested last night on the specific input by a recently arrested Naxal supporter, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Neeraj Chandrakar told PTI.
Yogesh, who runs a hardware shop in Bhilai area, was providing various hardware materials used in manufacture of firearms and explosives to Naxals, he said. Chandrakar said Poonam Deva, who was arrested last month from Manjhipara area, told police that Yogesh, a native of Khurshipar area in Bhilai, was supplying materials to rebels hiding out in remote areas of south Bastar for the past several months. Deva was introduced to Yogesh by Ramadhar, the ASP said, adding both Yogesh and Ramadhar have been booked under Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005.
435 people, 139 Maoists killed in Odisha in 14 years: Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Maoist ultras have killed 435 persons including 210 police personnel during the last 14 years while the security personnel eliminated 139 rebels during the same time, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said. Patnaik told this while replying to a written question of BJP’s Dilip Ray in the Assembly. “Maoist activities of different magnitude are witnessed in certain pockets of 19 districts of Odisha,” Patnaik said. While giving details on killings by the Left Wing ultras, the Chief Minister said 210 security personnel were killed and 218 others were injured in Maoist violence. Similarly, 225 civilians were killed and 119 others had sustained injuries in Maoist attacks, he said.
During the period, Patnaik said 1,916 ultras, militia, supporters and assistants of the Maoists have been arrested while 355 rebels surrendered before the police in between 2000 and 2013. The Maoists during the period have looted 1,907 guns and about 1,72,656 bullets during different incidents, Patnaik said adding the personnel of both the state and the central government have been engaged in anti-Maoist operations in the state.
Naxal Regroup on Cops’ Radar Post-Sabyasachi Fall
BHUBANESWAR: With the big fish in the net, the State Police is keeping its eyes and ears close to the developments in the CPI (Maoist) which, in all likelihood, would try and reclaim its dominance over central and parts of adjoining southern Odisha where Sabyasachi Panda once held sway. While Sabyasachi had unsuccessfully attempted a patch-up with CPI (Maoist) late last year, his arrest has now paved the way for the outlawed outfit to regain control.
In districts such as Kandhamal, Gajapati, Rayagada and Ganjam, the Maoist leader built his control step by step over the last two decades. He not only had underground men to strike, the overground support was huge too. Although the strength of his military unit weakened following fall-out with the Maoist party, his support base remained almost in tact. This is where, police sources say, the CPI (Maoist) would like to cash in on. “If he had formed a structure-based outfit after his exit from CPI (Maoist), he would have had a second-in-command who would take over control or even merge with the mother unit but it did not happen because of the conflict,” said the Intelligence sources.
Besides, it was his control over Central Odisha that allowed the CPI (Maoist) to create a Red corridor through the State to connect Chhattisgarh. Now that he is behind bars, the Naxal outfit would try to regroup and create its own base. Director General of Police Sanjeev Marik said the State Police is keeping a watch on the possible realignment among the Maoist groups in the region as well as influx of cadre members from neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
The State Police is wary that the ground-level propaganda mechanism will be put back by the CPI (Maoist) which would resort to terror tactics to gain base. “Since Sabyasachi had considerable influence in Central Odisha, the CPI (Maoist) will make every attempt to take advantage of the situation. We are aware of the fallout of his arrest and are keeping a watch on the movements of the Naxals,” the DGP told this paper on Sunday. He said anti-Maoist operations will be intensified to neutralise any effort by ultras from Chhattisgarh to enter Odisha in days to come. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist) has criticised the State Police for arresting Sabyasachi. Central Committee member Sekhar, in a press release, said the Maoist leader had shunned violence for about two years.