Anti-Naxal ops: Local detonating wire bleeding security forces
New Delhi: An easily available ‘detonating wire’, commonly used in mining operations, has been found to be the catalyst behind numerous deadly IED blasts by Naxals in the red corridors of the country. Security agencies undertaking anti-Naxal operations are now mulling options to somehow restrict or regulate the sale and usage of the ‘Cordtex wire’ which they say has found recent prominence among Naxal cadres to set up chain Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts in killing and maiming security personnel and sometimes even civilians, who inadvertently get trapped into these death traps. “The Naxals are using the Cordtex wire to set up and trigger IEDs containing as many as 250-300 locally made bombs in one go. The phenomenon is called ‘daisychain’ and this wire acts as a catalyst. A number of IED blasts has been conducted by the ultras using this,” a senior officer deployed in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) theatre said, quoting an analysis report prepared in this regard.
Police start combing in Sringeri
Chikmagalur police and the Anti-Naxal Force are conducting combing operations in parts of Sringeri in Chikamgalur district, based on information that some suspected Maoists were moving around in the naxal-affected villages. The operation, which began on Friday, is expected to continue for a few more days. ‘Routine affair’ The police have termed the operations a routine affair. Superintendent of Police R. Chethan, told The Hindu on Saturday that about 90 people, including personnel from the ANF and the Police Department, were involved in the operations.
Cops intensify combing operations against Maoists in Malnad
The police in Chikmagalur, Shimoga and Udupi districts have intensified combing operations in Malnad. Following the intelligence inputs that Maoists are trying to recruit few more persons to the movement, the combing in being carried out by the respective district SPs. Sources said “Maoist leaders B G Krishnamurthy and Neelaguli Padmanabha have left for Kerala for training. There are 15 members in the Maoist group that are operating in Malnad. Mundagaru Latha is leading the group.
Anticipating that Maoists might try to recruit villagers in Sringeri and Koppa taluk, the police have visited Narasimha Parvatha, Manikyabetta, Tarolli Kudige, Devalekoppa and other areas in the region as a part of combing operations.” DySP, Circle Inspectoprs, PSIs from Sringeri, Koppa, N R Pura, Jayapura, Balehonnur, Kalasa and Kudremukh stations participated in the combing operations. Normally combing operations are carried out jointly by the ANF and police. However, this time civil police have swung into action under the guidance of SP. “Operation against Maoists is a continuous process. The combing operations was carried out across the district. We have not found any movement of Maoists or their activities in the region. ANF is also joining hands,” said SP R Chetan to Deccan Herald.
State asks for 7 more CRPF battalions in Red-hit districts
Ranchi: The state has urged the home ministry to deploy seven CRPF battalions in some of the Maoist-affected districts which have seen the worst violence triggered by Left-extremists since 2004. Over 24,000 CRPF personnel (23 battalions) are deployed in the state and are engaged in anti-Maoist operations. But Jharkhand Police claim that several districts do not have enough central security force to fight Maoists. Six districts in Santhal Pargana division do not have any CRPF battalion. In 2013, Pakur SP and six security guards were killed on a busy highway connecting Dumka with Pakur. Again in 2014, eight people, including polling officials, were killed in an ambush during the Lok Sabha election. More than 400 security personnel were killed since 400. Top police officials in the state had earlier raised the issue of CRPF deployment in Dumka, where one Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) battalion is posted, at security review meets. Koderma too does not have CRPF jawans. East Singhbhum district, which shares border with West Bengal and Odisha, has only one battalion.
“The state requires seven new CRPF battalions. Our forces have dismantled extremist networks in large parts of the state. We went to the remotest areas that were once occupied by the rebels and flushed them out. There are some districts where we need more forces to tackle them better,” said DGP Rajiv Kumar. A senior IPS officer said, on condition of anonymity, the central part of Jharkhand’s border with Bihar is conducive for Maoists to regroup and launch attacks on security forces. Palamu-Aurangabad, Chatra-Gaya, Koderma-Nawada and Giridih-Jamui have the worst terrain on Jharkhand-Bihar border.
“Few police stations are situated 20-30km away from the demarcated border. But there are not adequate police personnel to patrol all the areas. It will be better if some CRPF camps are opened in such areas,” he said. “CRPF is specially trained to function in tough conditions and has proper fighting skills. CRPF personnel played a crucial role in flushing out extremists from Saranda (West Singhbhum) which Maoists once considered a liberated zone,” said a CRPF officer not willing to be identified. BJP MP from Godda Nishikant Dubey has been demanding CRPF deployment in Dumka for the last few years. A source said Jharkhand Police would deploy one battalion in Koderma, Jamshedpur (that shares border with Odisha), Chatra and Simdega (shares border with Chhattisgarh and Odisha). “I do not have updates on whether the Centre has sanctioned any battalion as yet,” said CRPF IG RK Mishra.