Home Minister Rajnath Singh asks to revamp CRPF to fight naxals
NEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked for a revamp of the lead force against the Naxals, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). A committee consisting of two former CRPF chiefs is now being set up to give their suggestions on creating a “newly-packaged CRPF”, ET has learnt. The committee consisting of former CRPF Director Generals K Vijay Kumar and his predecessor AS Gill will take a comprehensive look at the structure of the CRPF in light of its duties in the left-wing ..
Maoists kill youth in Odisha
Malkangiri (Odisha), Oct. 1 (ANI): A youth was killed by the Maoists in Malkangiri district of Odisha as they suspected him of being a police informer. “The youth, identified as Muna Madhi, was killed by Maoists and the Malkangiri police station has taken up the case. To stop more Maoists killing, we have increased the anti-Naxal activities and also the daily patrolling routine,” said Sub Divisional Police Officer Pinki Miahra.
Maoist scare returns to Jangalmahal
Kolkata/ West Midnapore: Uddhav Das was recruited for the NVF (National Volunteer Force) in Jangalmahal after Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011. Three years later, Das is now scared to get out of Belpahari police station at night. Just a week ago, his friend Pranab Soren was killed by some unknown persons at Alamgunj, 24 kilometres away from Ghatal, while he was out on a patrolling duty with his officer in-charge. “I think the Maoists killed him. Both of us are from the same village. A few days ago, some unidentified people came to his house and threatened his family members. They also threatened Soren’s family members with dire consequences if they divulged any information to police. It takes a lot of risk to go out on duty only with a lathi in hand. On patrol duty, we have to go to the villages that are deep into the forest,” said Das, a resident of Dakai village in Belpahari.
“In most of the cases when there are Maoists posters in any village – however remote it might be- we are told to go and collect those materials. So, we get identified easily. Even if we are attacked on the road, we have no weapon to defend. We have to live either at the mercy of the police or the Maoists,” an NVF personnel told TOI on condition of anonymity. “It is true that home guards and civic volunteers are becoming easy target. Most of them have their families in the villages and the rebels are taking advantage of this,” said a senior district police officer.
Maoist carrying Rs.100,000 reward nabbed
Bhubaneswar, Oct 1 (IANS): A Maoist, carrying a reward of Rs.100,000 on his head, was arrested in Odisha, police said Wednesday. Singa Kattami alias Mahesh, 25, was arrested from the Sudhakonda area of Malkangiri district following a joint operation by the Border Security Force (BSF) and police late Tuesday, Inspector General of Police (southwestern range) Yashwant Jethwa told IANS. He was a cadre of the local operation squad of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist and worked under Udaya, the divisional secretary of the Malkangiri division of the rebels, Jethwa said. The Odisha government had declared a Rs.100,000 reward on his head, he added.
Maoists plan new war front in Sahyadri
The Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) has alerted three southern States after the Communist Party of India(Maoist)’s message at an international conference in Milan on opening up a new war front in the Sahyadri (Western Ghats) border region of Karnataka-Kerala-Tamil Nadu. The message of the CPI(Maoist) Central Committee at “the International Conference in Solidarity with the people’s war in India” held on September 27 and 28 comes even as the proscribed party admitted that it was “facing heavy odds and losses” in many of its strongholds. As early as 2011 the CPI(Maoist) had begun operations in Gudalur, Wayanad, Nilambur, Kodaikanal, Udupi, and Dakshina Kannada.
This tri-junction became part of their activities following Operation Green Hunt by the Central Reserve Police Force against Naxalites in the Dandakaranya area in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh. Intelligence agencies attribute the 15-page message from the CPI(Maoist) to efforts at garnering support in European countries in spite of New Delhi’s caution. A similar conference was held in Hamburg, Germany, in November 2012.
The League Against Imperialist Aggression had then organised the conference coinciding with the first death anniversary of Maoist leader Mallojula Koteshwara Rao aka Kishenji who was killed in an encounter in West Bengal. Incidentally an MHA annual report for 2013-14 fails to mention the Maoist threat in any of the Southern States. However, it says that the front organisations of the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) are active in 20 States in the country.