Government to send 2,000 paramilitary men of Nagaland unit to fight Maoists in Bastar
NEW DELHI: The home ministry has decided to send over 2,000 paramilitary men belonging Nagaland’s Indian Reserve Battalions to fight Maoists in Bastar, the worst Maoist-hit zone. A senior home ministry official said his ministry has written to the Nagaland government to spare two of its Indian Reserve Battalions (IRB) for being deployed in Bastar. This comes after home minister Rajnath Singh was convinced by Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh that that Naga battallion, which comes with a reputation of being a tough and no-nonsense force for jungle warfare, would be able to deliver the goods in Bastar which is the epicentre of the Naxalite movement.
This will be the first time that the IRB would be deployed in Bastar. Till now, only one Naga battalion was deployed in West Bengal to take on Maoists when Naxalite leader Kishenji called the shots there. “Besides the two Naga battalions, we are also sending 10 more CRPF battalions to Chhattisgarh, mainly for Bastar. The CM wants as many Naga battalions as possible,” a top home ministry official said. With the additional deployments, Bastar is set to be the most-militarized zone in the entire country. With an area of 40,000 square kilometres, Bastar already has a deployment of 36 central battalions and 12 state police battalions. Raman Singh recently demanded 26 more central paramilitary battalions, preferably Naga battalions, to be posted in Chhattisgarh.
ANTI-NAXAL OPERATIONS: SEEKING REFUGE IN SYMBOLISM – ANALYSIS
The day Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag from the precincts of the historic Red Fort to mark India’s 68th Independence Day, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) authorities in Chhattisgarh unfurled the tri-colour at Tadmetla in Sukma district. Flag hoisting at the site of the bloodiest massacre that claimed the lives of 75 CRPF personnel four years ago was apparently to make a statement that the forces have reclaimed the territory from the extremists and are asserting their authority over the piece of land. This avoidable symbolism, in the backdrop of apparent extremist domination over the area, in a way, sums up the country’s stagnated approach towards the Naxal problem.
Three Cobra jawans injured in encounter with Naxals
Raipur: Three Cobra jawans were on Wednesday injured in a gun-battle between paramilitary forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district. The encounter took place in restive forests of Kodanar under Aranpur Police Station limits when security forces were returning after an anti-Naxal operation in the region early this morning, Dantewada Superintendent of Police, Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. A squad of Cobra’s (Compact Battalion for Resolute Action), a specialised unit of CRPF, 201 battalion was mobilised from Jagargunda (Sukma) for anti-Naxal operations since yesterday. On their way back to their camp this morning, when security forces reached Kodanar forests, a group of armed Naxals opened indiscriminate firing on them leaving three jawans injured.
INDIA: MAOISTS ATTACKING LIFELINES – ANALYSIS
In yet another attack on the Indian Railways, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres blasted a portion of a railway track at Lahat village, between the Ismailpur and Rafiganj section, under Rafiganj Police Station in Aurangabad District of Bihar, on July 22, leading to the derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express. No casualty was reported in the incident. The Indian Railways and the Bihar State Government confirmed that the incident was the handiwork of the Maoists.
It is believed that the attack was carried out targetting the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express during a one-day bandh (shut down strike) called by the Maoists against Police firing in Rohtas District on July 8 and in Aurangabad District on July 19, in each of which two persons were killed. Meanwhile, an alleged Maoist, identified as Siddharth Yadav alias Vikas, was arrested from the Goh area of Gaya District on July 29 in connection with the derailment of the pilot engine.
Vikas had been heading Maoist activities in Goh and other areas of Aurangabad District after the arrest of another Maoist, Kariman Yadav. On June 24, 2014, 18 wagons of a goods train were derailed in an explosion allegedly triggered by the Maoists between Mehasi and Harpurnag stations near the Manigachhi unmanned railway crossing in the East Champaran District of Bihar. An eyewitness in the village claimed that he had seen around 30 persons, including seven women, sitting near the rail line, talking among themselves in the morning. The train services on the Muzaffarpur-Narkatiyaganj section of East Central Railway (ECR) were restored after 38 hours of disruption.
On April 13, 2014, the Maoists blew off a part of the railway track minutes before New Delhi-bound Garib Rath was to arrive on the Howrah-Patna main rail route in Lakhisarai District of Bihar. An engine of a goods train that was parked on the track was damaged in the explosion. On March 27, 2014, train services between Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi Districts in Bihar were disrupted following a bomb explosion triggered by the Maoists on the railway track. Villagers claimed that over 50 Maoist cadres had gone to that site to trigger the explosion, many of them in Police uniform.
Passage to India What Washington Can Do to Revive Relations With New Delhi
…As a third priority, Obama should strengthen U.S. cooperation with India on counterterrorism and homeland security — areas in which U.S. and Indian interests align particularly closely, especially due to the insidious growth in the last decade of terrorist groups based in Pakistan, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba. The United States should support India’s determined efforts to combat the Naxalite insurgency, a violent Maoist movement active in more than half of India’s states…
Police recover arms and ammunition from Maoists in Palamu
Palamu (Jharkhand), Aug 19 (ANI): In a joint operation, officials of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police recovered arms and ammunition, including three rifles, live cartridges and two bombs during clashes with Maoists in Jharkhand. Security personnel clashed with Communist Party of India-Maoists (CPI-M) on Monday night in Palamu District and also recovered 33 different SIM cards, mobile phones and solar charger. Superintendent of Police, Y. S Ramesh, said term the arms haul a success.
“Last night from 12 midnight to 1 a.m (1930 GMT), there was an encounter between the police and CPI Maoist near Hariharganj Police Station. During the encounter, a 3.03 weapon was looted from police and police recovered two weapons of 0.315 and hand and country made cartridges. Items like SIM cards, mobiles batteries, solar chargers have been recovered, which is a success for us,” said Ramesh. Two Maoists were injured during the encounter and all of them managed to escape. (ANI)