Naxalites moving to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, claim police
Chikmagalur: Are Naxals, who have attempted to increase their area of influence in the state over the last decade or so, giving up and moving to neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala? If Inspector General of Police, Amrit Paul is to be believed, Naxals are no longer as active in Karnataka as in the past mainly owing to lack of support from the people. Speaking to the Deccan Chronicle, Mr Paul said the Naxals were now moving to Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the police in both states had been alerted to this development.
It was in 2002 that the Naxals, until then mainly confined to Pavagada, tried to widen their sphere of influence by taking up cudgels on behalf of the landless in Kalasa, Chikmagalur. In the years that followed four of the ultras were gunned down by the police and the government began to develop villages in and around Kalasa to counter them. But the locals here warn that the recent eviction of families from inam land in Kalasa could give the Naxals opportunity to regain support in the area if the government is not careful. Since the eviction of 3,600 families from about 6,700 acres of inam land, thousands have been made jobless, according to them. “These youth could vent their anger by supporting the Naxals,” they caution.
Maoists terror attack plot in Balaghat foiled
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Police claimed to have foiled Maoists plot of terror attack in Balaghat on Independence Day by recovering a cache of explosives from Kirnapur and Mataghat area. While an IED and two condenser wires were recovered and defused near a bridge in Kirnapur area, a dump of three hand grenades, four packets of improvised explosives, country made pistol, condenser wires, a grenade tube launcher, gun powders and Maoist literatures were found in Mataghat forest region in Lanji.
These seizures were made during a joint search operation by Hawk force and CRPF after inputs that former local guerrilla squad (LGS) commander Dilip was camping in the region. Dilip is wanted in more than 30 cases, including murder of Likhiram Kawre, who was transport minister in undivided Madhya Pradesh. Kawre was hacked to death in 1999 at his native village in Sonepuri.
An alert was sounded in the same area in August 2013 after 14 members of Tanda Dalam were spotted ahead of a mega Congress rally, where top leaders, including Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, Union minister Kamal Nath, Kantilal Bhuria and Ajay Singh were to appear. In March 2014, armed forces searched Mandai forest area on Chilpi road bordering Chhattisgarh on Tuesday and recovered an iron container, two batteries (12 volt), an electronic detonator, TNT 18.700 kg, 1 kg glass pieces, six kg urea, 22 feet electric wire and naxal pamphlets. In February also, police had seized huge quantities of explosives in Katema-Kattipar forest area of the district during a search followed by intelligence inputs that hundreds of guerrillas had infiltrated into Balaghat.
Security beefed up for I-day celebration in state
Security has been beefed up in all the sensitive places across Chhattisgarh, particularly in the Naxal-hit areas, in the view of Independence Day celebrations on Friday police said. Tight security is being maintained across the state particularly in the insurgency-hit Bastar region to avoid any disturbances by the red rebels during I-day celebrations, a senior police official told PTI. Armed guards have been deployed at all the important government establishments. Additional security arrangements have been made at each district headquarters of Bastar division, comprising Sukma, Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Kanker and Bastar, he added. Besides, patrolling has been intensified in the interior forest pockets and inter-state borders to check suspicious movements, he said.
Top Maoist leader Krishna Ahir arrested
Ranchi: In a major breakthrough, police have arrested a top Maoist leader carrying a reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head after a brief encounter in Ranchi district. Krishna Ahir alias Prasad was arrested in the forests under Angara police station in Ranchi district yesterday, Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar said here on Thursday. The Maoist was a member of the Jharkhand Regional Committee and was also active in Odisha, he said.
The rebel faces 75/76 naxal-related cases in Jharkhand, including Baliba and Bitkilsoy incidents in Saranda forests where 18 and 29 police personnel respectively were killed by the Maoists about ten years ago. The Maoist also faces 20/25 cases in Odisha. Getting information that Ahir was in the jungles, police personnel rushed to the spot. An encounter followed and Ahir was overpowered while his bodyguards fled, the DGP said. An AK-47 rifle, two sacks of explosives, cartridges and Rs 24,500 were recovered from his possession, the DGP said.
Maoist Shadow on I-Day, Security Tightened
SAMBALPUR: Apprehending trouble from Maoists, who celebrate Independence Day as Black Flag day, security has been beefed up in the region. DIG (Northern Range), Sanjay Kumar, said the thrust will be on smooth movement of traffic, preventing hoisting of black flags, providing protection to people and ensuring that Independence Day is celebrated in all Government institutions that refrain from it following Maoists’ boycott call.
Elaborating on the special arrangements, Kumar said in Paikmal of Bargarh district, security has been augmented along the Paikmal-Nuapada road, which was blocked by Maoists by felling trees thereby preventing movement of vehicles. Road opening parties have been deployed and CRPF and SOG teams strategically placed in Gandhamardan hill range led by Deputy Commandant of CRPF. Similar arrangement has also been made in Maoist infested Khaprakhol block by 189th Battalion of the CRPF.
Special deployment has also been made in Shiva temple at Harishankar where a large number of devotees turn up on holidays. Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty said CRPF has intensified combing in Maoists affected pockets and ground intelligence has been strengthened. Nuapada SP, Uma Shankar Dash, said security forces have been mobilised in sensitive pockets and steps are in place to ensure that any effort of the Maoists to unfurl black flag is thwarted.
Following a series of exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in the district, the Red Rebels have been maintaining a low profile. Malkangiri: Massive security arrangements have been put in place in the district, especially in areas where the Minister of State (Ind) for Commerce and Transport, Ramesh Chandra Majhi, will hoist the Tricolour on Friday. In wake of Maoist’s bandh call, security has been scaled up. BSF jawans have been pressed into service to keep vigil at the DNK Ground here and surrounding areas where Majhi will hoist the Tricolour.
Area domination operation has been intensified by BSF, District Voluntary Forces and Special Operation Group jawans in Kalimela, MV-79, Motu, Podia, Chitrakonda, Khairput, Mathili and Govindpali. Vehicles are being frisked at entry and exit points in the district. Koraput: Inspector General of Police (south-western range) Yashwant Jethwa reviewed the security arrangements for the Independence Day with SP of Koraput on Thursday. Areas where National Flags will be hoisted have been sanitised and bomb disposal squads pressed into service. Combing has been intensified in Narayanpatana, Bandhugam, Boipariguda, Potangi, Nandapur, Laxmipur.