Government announces cash reward of Rs 1 crore on top Naxal leaders
Government has decided to announce a cash reward of Rs one crore on the head of top Naxal leaders and for informers who provide information about their whereabouts. CRPF cheif Dilip Trivedi today said undertaking such a policy decision makes “financial prudence” as it takes crores of rupees to deploy and sustain troops in anti-Naxal operations as compared to a sum of Rs one crore for nailing down a Maoist leader. “We had proposed hiking of reward money on top Naxal leaders to the Union Home Ministry. I am happy that the Ministry and the government have agreed to it. We had a positive meeting with the Home Secretary in this regard,” Trivedi said.
Maoist killed in exchange of fire with cops
A Maoist was killed during a heavy gun-battle between security personnel and ultras in insurgency hit Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, police said today. The deceased cadre, identified as Dodi Soma (28) belonged to the outlawed CPI (Maoist), a senior police official said. The face-off took place between a joint squad of district force, STF and CRPF and the ultras in the restive forest of Gaganpalli and Murkumpar forests while they were crossing a river last evening, the official said.
The joint squads of security personnel was mobilised on an intense anti-Naxal operation on August 21 in Basaguda,Awapalli and Usoor police station area, located around 500 km away from the state capital. When the security personnel were returning to their camp last evening, a group of 40-45 armed Naxals triggered a landmine blast and opened indiscriminate firing on them near Lotwagu river, following which they retaliated. After the gunfight that lasted for around an hour, the Naxals fled to the core forests finding the jawans zeroing in on them, he said. The body of a rebel, three crude bombs, three detonators, wire and Naxal uniform were recovered from the site, he said.
Maoist Attacks Hinder Infra Development
NEW DELHI: A confidential report on Left-wing extremism (LWE) has suggested that development activities in Maoist-affected areas have slowed down due to attacks by insurgents who consistently target roads, electricity lines, power plants, railway tracks, Panchayat Bhavans, school buildings, and mobile towers. Maoist-affected states such as Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha are mineral-rich, and the report has mentioned targeted attacks on the state-owned National Mineral Development Corporation in Chhattisgarh. Maoists attacked a power plant in Bihar in 2013 while railway tracks were targeted in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar in 2013 and 2014.
The report prepared by Central intelligence agencies said that Maoists had targeted pipelines of Essar Group in Chhattisgarh twice this year. “There were around 50 attacks on various infrastructure development projects in Naxal-affected states till June 2014, including the attacks on 19 forest roads, while 112 targeted attacks were reported in 2013,” said the report. The report stated that Maoists had been systematically targeting the “Gramin Sadak Yojna” envisaged for linking the remote villages in Jharkhand and Odisha.
At least three such incidents each were reported from these two states in 2014. Maoists also targeted a telephone exchange and mobile towers in Bihar and Chhattisgarh, and at least eight incidents were reported till June. The Centre recently gave approval for providing mobile services in the 2,199 areas affected by LWE. The services will augment public communication facilities in these backward regions and also provide a platform for mobile services such as m-commerce and mobile-based information dissemination and easy access to governance and policing. According to the report, at least 630 incidents of Maoist violence were reported till July 15, 2014 across these states.
The report suggested that Maoists’ finances were still strong, and that they had been collecting money from all levels, from individuals to businesses. The main sources of funding to Maoists come from government contractors, timber contractors, bamboo and tendu leaf contractors as well as mining contractors.
Tribal undertrials: Don’t be a mute spectator, SC tells govt
Regretting that the “system has gone from bad to worse”, the Supreme Court Friday censured the apathy being shown towards more than 36,000 tribal undertrials and called for a meeting of the Centre and all state governments to resolve the issue. “This is a very serious matter. It cannot be left to the court. This is the obligation of states and every state has to take care of undertrial prisoners. The system has gone from bad to worse but it cannot be allowed to go on any further,” said a bench led by Chief Justice of India R M Lodha.
The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton F Nariman, said such a dismal state of affairs could not be defended by an increase in jails and that the matter required comprehensive look from all the stakeholders. On being nudged, the counsel for the Centre said it would convene a meeting of home secretaries of all states to find a solution to the problem. The bench asked the Centre not to remain a “mute spectator” and act as a nodal agency.
The court said the meeting would be convened within six weeks and a report shall be filed thereafter. It further asked the Centre to also adduce before the bench the status of all undertrial prisoners as on March 31, 2014 It was hearing a PIL filed by Jinendra Jain on behalf of society ‘Fight For Human Rights’, alleging that thousands of tribals were languishing in various central jails without any trial in Naxal-affected states like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
Wanted Maoist leader arrested in Bihar
Motihari: A wanted Maoist ‘Area Commander’ was arrested in a joint operation of Bihar Police and CRPF from Bajaria in East Champaran district on Friday. Dinesh Pandit was arrested with a sophisticated 7.62 mm pistol, 35 cartridges and several pieces of Naxal literature, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) (Operations) Rajeev Kumar said. “The arrested Maoist leader is the Area Commander of the Naxal groups active in Sheohar district in the state.
He was involved in blasting the railway tracks in Muzaffarpur district along with several other incidents of violence. Police had been looking for him for the past several years,” Kumar said, adding, Pandit was being interrogated to find out about his links. The ASP said Kumar was a key player in the supply of arms and ammunition to the Maoist outfits active in north Bihar districts.
Bihar: AK-47 and ammunition seized from Maoist training camp
In a joint operation, the police and CRPF raided a Maoist training camp in Jamui district of Bihar and seized arms and ammunition, police said on Sunday. An AK-47, 212 cartridges, wireless sets, electronic detonators and a huge quantity of ration was seized from the camp, Jamui Superintendent of Police Upendra Prasad Singh said. “When our men reached the place, the camp was found abandoned. It seems the Maoists fled after noticing the movement of forces.
Apart from AK-47, ammunition and ration, Rs 66,000 has also been recovered from the spot,” the SP said. Singh said the three-day operation was based on intelligence inputs about a training camp being run by the Maoists in the hilly and forested areas under Khaira police station of the district. Jamui bordering Jharkhand is a stronghold of ultra-left cadre.