People’s War in India Clippings 30/11/2014


Anti-Naxal ops: Military choppers to BSF delayed

New Delhi: The much-awaited delivery of two advanced military helicopters to India for use in air support role in anti-Naxal operations has been delayed with BSF taking up the issue with Russian officials. The Mi-17-V5 helicopters were scheduled to be handed over to the Border Security Force’s air wing by the end of September but sources said the delivery has got delayed by few months now. Sensing the urgency to get these ‘flying machines’ in the force’s fleet, the paramilitary force has now contacted the manufacturers after which a team of Russian officials have landed in Delhi to smoothen the process of handing over the two choppers, part of an eight helicopter deal for the paramilitary force.

The new choppers were being procured to add muscle to the existing fleet of 11 helicopters which are currently being used to ferry troops and material and conduct casualty evacuation sorties in Naxal violence-affected states. Both the Indian Air Force and BSF choppers are part of this fleet. “The delivery of the Mi-17-V5 choppers is running behind schedule but it is expected that the helicopters would be handed over to BSF sooner than later.

A Russian team has just landed in Delhi to take forward the processes and meet Home Ministry and BSF authorities in this regard,” a source privy to the development said. The BSF, which operates the air wing for the Union Home Ministry and all forces under its command, has made elaborate plans to base these helicopters in anti-Naxal operations grid and bases have already been prepared in this regard in Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand capital Ranchi. ‘V5’ is an advanced version of the existing Mi-17s and equipped with sophisticated avionics and on-board navigation systems, making it more suitable for both day and night operations which is a regular requirement in Left-wing extremism hit states.

Police arrest hardcore Maoist in Jharkhand

Giridih, Nov 30 (ANI): The state police arrested a hardcore Maoist and recovered explosives along with arms and ammunition in Jharkhand. Acting on a tip-off, the Giridih police sent a team to hunt the dreaded Maoist and nabbed him immediately. The Superintendent of Police (SP), Giridih, Kranti Kumar said that the nabbed Maoist had been identified as Dinesh Manjhi and was a hardcore leader and platoon commander of a Maoist organization in Jharkhand. The Maoist was pasting posters for boycotting the state elections. He had been involved in many Naxal incidents of Jharkhand.

‘Lilong blast not related with Maoist’

Imphal, November 29 2014 : Maoist Community Party (MCP), Manipur, in a press statement, has clarified that the outfit was not involved in the bomb blast which killed a young boy at Lilong in between Lilong PS and 27-AR post today morning. Further, MCP condemned the incident and asserted that it has not caused any casualty to civilians even by mistake during the armed struggle.

We attacked Kerala resort, claim Maoists

The CPI (Maoist) has claimed responsibility for the attack on a private resort at North Kerala’s hill district Wayanad. The resort named Agraharam, located at Thirunelli, was ransacked on November 18 by a four-member gang. The resort is owned by Sebastian Joseph, a senior journalist with Kerala’s leading daily Malayala Manorama. The gang entered the resort in the early on November 18 and smashed the windows and furniture.

They left behind pro-Maoist pamphlets. On Saturday, media offices in Palakkad district got a press release believed to be from the Western Ghat Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist) saying that its cadres had attacked the resort. It said the attack was a warning against unbridled encroachment of the real estate-tourism mafia in Wayanad district, which was once a land of paddy fields. Policed sources said they were probing the case.

Jamui police prepare sketches of wanted Maoists

Munger: In order to avoid the arrest of innocent persons and ensure correct identity of the Maoists operating in and around Jamui district and the bordering Jharkhand, Jamui police superintendent Upendra Prasad Singh is getting prepared the sketches of all the active Maoists hiding in the forest areas and hilly tracts. Skilled sketch-makers and experienced artists are being utilized by the police for the purpose. So far, sketches of a dozen Maoist commanders have already been prepared on the basis of some photographs available with the police and descriptions of their built and complexion given by the arrested Maoists, including Mukesh Das of Parachi under Chakai police station area of Jamui district who was nabbed recently.

The paper sketches so far prepared include those of Cheerag Da, Pravesh Da, Bashir Da, Sidhu Kora, (the main accused in the killing of deputy commandant of CRPF Heera Nath Jha in village Lakheri under Khaira police station of Jamui district on July 5 this year) and Lal Mohan Yadav. Reena Kora, the wife of Sidhu Kora, was arrested the same night and is lodged in Jamui jail. Jamui SP said this practical approach would help the police nab the Maoists easily and added that the police were considering making the sketches public and posting them at public places eliciting public information about their whereabouts confidentially. So far police have not come across the photographs of the Maoist leaders, but they are aware of their names and activities only. The sketches will now help the police nab them at the first sight.

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