Chhattisgarh: Naxal killed in encounter with security forces
Raipur: A naxal was today gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. The face-off took place during a combing operation near restive Birabhati forests under Bhejji police station limits, Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shrawan told PTI. Representational image. PTI A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Cobra (Combat Battalion for Resolute Action), a specialised unit of CRPF and district force was carrying out search operations in the Bhejji region of south Bastar, around 500 kms from Raipur, Shrawan said.
When they reached Birabhati and Jaggawaram forests, rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them following which they retaliated. After a fierce gun-battle, the ultras retreated to the core area of the forest. Later in searches, body of a slain naxal in uniform and a SLR rifle was recovered from the spot, he said. The identity of the killed naxal is yet to be ascertained, he said adding his body was being retrieved from the forests.
Maoists look for new bases in Kerala, Karnataka
Mounting pressure of security forces on Maoists in the central Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra is forcing them to look for new bases in far South. According to reports prepared by a senior officer of the union home ministry based the CPI (Maoist) is trying hard to establish new bases on the border of Kerala and Karnataka. The report based on IB inputs, interrogation reports of captured leaders, seized Maoist documents and intercepts also claims that the CPI (Maoist) is engaged in establishing a forest route from Wayanad district in Kerala to Mysore district in Karnataka. “Kerala wants a CIAT (counter insurgency and anti-terrorism school).
This should be considered as Maoists want to revive their South West Zonal Committee – at the tri-junction of Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka. Proactive steps should be taken lest Western Ghats become Bastar-Two,” the report prepared by a senior official says. There is a presence of over 100 battalions in seven central Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected sates of central India. It is going to be further beefed up with 10 more battalions of the CRPF and 37 India Reserve battalions thereby taking the total presence of security forces to close of 1.5 lakh pair of feet. “Despite being active, the CPI (Maoist) has not been able to establish themselves in these areas.
Adding to the worries of Centre is the newly created state of Telangana that being soft on Maoists can be used as a safe zone in times of counter insurgency operations. The Maoists plan to form a contiguous zone from Kerala-Karnataka-Tamil Nadu tri-junction to Bastar via Telangana. “This is a highly far-fetched scenario which can happen only if the security forces fail miserably and Maoists manage to get ample ground support,” said sources. “Our worries right now are Bihar and Telangana are the two soft spots where the Maoists could head to save themselves from the heat of security forces,” he added.
Towering bid to tame Maoists
BHUBANESWAR: Centre-owned telecommunications giant BSNL has decided to set up 253 mobile towers in Maoist-affected regions of Odisha. Nineteen districts are having Red rebel presence. Union cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for providing mobile phone services at 2,199 locations, affected by Left-wing extremism, in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The aim is to augment public communication facilities in the Red zone. “We will soon start the process of setting up of the towers. Sites are being identified,” said a BSNL officer. The ministry of home affairs has been pushing for installation of mobile towers in ultra-hit areas since 2010 even as the Left-wing extremists continue to target base transmission towers to disrupt telecommunication. Official sources said the Maoists blew up at least 60 towers in Odisha in the past five years. The extremists blasted seven mobile towers each in 2012 and 2013, whereas the number stood at 11 in 2011. Absence of cellphone services in Maoist-hit districts made it tough for security forces to operate and get timely help in critical situations, leading to loss of lives.