Anti-Naxal ops: CRPF finds Chattisgarh, Jharkhand most tough
New Delhi: CRPF, the lead anti-Naxal force, considers Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand as the most challenging states when it comes to tackling the menace of left-wing extremism (LWE) in the country. It also feels said that states are “under utilising” the paramilitary force’s potential in security-related tasks. “Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand remain to be the most challenging states for us given the high density of forests and difficult terrain in these states,” Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Dilip Trivedi told reporters on the eve of the forces’ 75th Raising Day. “There is some truth in the whole situation,” he said when asked if state police forces were not taking a lead role in anti-Naxal operations.
“I did feel that there was some underutilisation of our capabilities (by the states) but these issues can be solved through mutual interactions and we have done so on many occasions,” he said. The DG said the force’s largest area of concern, when it came to violence perpetrated by armed Maoist cadres, was the use of “explosives” and various kinds of improvised devices. “The major concern is explosives. There has been an improvement in the type of explosives being used by them (Naxals) like pressure bombs and command wires for triggering them. They are obtaining capabilities to detonate a mine from a large distance. We are not bothered about the weaponary that they use but explosives that they possess,” Trivedi said when asked about the biggest challenge for the force in this theatre of operations. The DG said Naxals are getting explosives “easily”. It has been found by security and intelligence agencies and through seized Naxal literature that the ultras are running short of weapons, he said.
Court grants bail to accused in case involving Kobad Ghandy
An accused, facing trial along with jailed top Naxal ideologue Kobad Ghandy, has been granted bail by a Delhi court which relied on a recent Supreme Court verdict ordering release of inmates who have spent half of the maximum sentence prescribed for their offences. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh released on bail Rajender Kumar alias Arvind Joshi, arrested in March 2010 by Special Cell of Delhi Police, saying he has been in custody for more than four years and seven months which is over half of the maximum sentence (seven years) prescribed for offences of cheating and forgery for which he is facing trial.
The court noted that in the case of Bhim Singh vs Union of India, the Supreme Court in its September 5, 2014 order had directed all magistrates, chief judicial magistrates and sessions judges to identify under trial prisoners who have completed half of the maximum period of imprisonment provided for the said offence after complying with the procedure under section 436A CrPC. “Keeping in view that the accused is in judicial custody since March 19, 2010, which is more than one-half of the maximum punishment prescribed for offences under sections 419, 420 and 468 IPC and the observations of the Supreme Court in the case of Bhim Singh, I release the accused (Kumar) on bail as per the mandate of section 436A CrPC subject to furnishing a personal bond in the sum of Rs one lakh with sureties of the like amount. “Application for bail is allowed accordingly. He shall be released from judicial custody, if not required in any other case,” the judge said.
Maoists down but not out: Rajnath Singh
NEW DELHI: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said CPI(Maoist) was in “turmoil” due to growing desertions, absence of fresh recruitment and low morale among its armed cadres, but cautioned that it had the potential of bouncing back with a spectacular attack against soft targets in its stronghold areas.
Speaking at a meeting of the parliamentary consultative committee on home affairs here, Singh said the turmoil in the Naxal ranks was evident from “the literature recovered by security forces and interrogation of LWE cadres”. “But, as it typical with the Maoists, the top leadership of LWE (left wing extremism) is trying hard to overcome the situation…The LWE insurgency has shown a remarkable resilience and stamina throughout its historical course and has bounced back on many occasions,” he said adding that the government had therefore decided to commit all resources at its disposal to tackle the problem.
Four Maoists Arrested, Four Surrender in Chhattisgarh
Four Maoists, two of them carrying rewards on their heads, were arrested while as many surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district here today, the police said. The Maoist cadres were apprehended from the restive forests by a joint squad of security forces during an anti-Maoist operation, Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. A team of the district police force and the Central Reserve Police Force was dispatched towards Bedma and Bhansi region, located around 450 km away from the state capital for a combing exercise.
When security forces were cordoning off Bade Bedma village forests, they nabbed three suspects namely Hurra Kunjam, Kunjami Joga and Madkami Joga who were allegedly keeping an eye on the movement of security personnel, while later one Shankar Baghel was caught from the Gamawada forests under Bhanis police station limits, the SP said. Bedma Janmilitia commander Hurra and Janmilitia member Kunjami were carrying cash reward of Rs 10,000 each on their heads, he said. They were involved in several Maoist incidents, including damaging government properties, loot, arson and attacks on security forces and others, he said.