Chhatisgarh Naxal attack: Naxal mole led CRPF jawans to trap
Raipur/New Delhi: Highly placed sources in security establishment strongly believe that a ‘police informer’ on whose tip-off the search operation was launched might be a “Naxal mole.” Naxals disguised as local villagers attacked the joint force with sophisticated weapons. “We had spotted villagers, some standing at a distance and some on treetops, when we entered Kalsapara. We were taken by surprise when the same villagers suddenly took out sophisticated weapons, hidden under their clothes, and opened fire on us from all sides. Our group had suffered heavy casualty before we could regroup and retaliate,” an injured trooper, said.
A senior police officer posted in Bastar region said, “The site selected for ambush by Maoists and level of their guerrilla warfare preparations clearly indicates that it was planned much ahead. The Kalsapara ambush resembled Tadmetla Naxal attack of 2010 in which 76 CRPF jawans were massacred,” The IAF said that it could not swiftly deploy helicopters on Monday to the area of attack since there was no clarity that the landing spot in the dense forests was sanitised.
Anti-Naxal CoBRA suspends whistleblower
A whistleblower in the anti-Naxal CoBRA force has been suspended after he drew attention to serious violations in the Standard Operating Procedure during a Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh this April. The ambush resulted in the death of three CoBRA commandos while five others, including the whistleblower commando, Sujoy Mandal, were injured. In the suspension order, Mr. Mandal has been accused of “misconduct” and of proceeding on unauthorised leave.
Refusing to bow down under pressure, Mr. Mandal informed his superiors how on April 9, while returning from poll duty in the Chintagufa area of Sukma district, one of the sections of the F Company of the 206 CoBRA battalion was left in the lurch by deputy commandant Ramesh Kumar Singh. As the group of six men which included Mr. Mandal came under heavy fire from Naxals, they received no support from Mr. Singh who had earlier, against all advice, violated several SOPs.
Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district on high alert post Chhattisgarh Naxal attack
Police were put on high alert in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh in the wake of deadly Naxal attack in neighbouring Chhattisgarh. Krishna district has been the shelter zone of Maoists and hence police were put on high alert after yesterday’s Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh where 14 CRPF personnel were killed, Superintendent of Police G Vijayakumar told PTI. Police are conducting cordon and search operations through out the coastal district, he said, adding in the district headquarter town of Machilipatnam, 15 people were taken into custody for questioning. Vijayakumar said nakabandi (setting up road blocks on important junctions) and night patrolling will be increased in all sub-divisions.
Naxal dalam sighted by villagers
PLGA formation week celebrations begin
Has the Maoist dalam belonging to Adilabad Area Committee safely exited Adilabad, as the police contend, or some of its members are still around and moving in the forests here? A band of 10 to 15 armed ‘extremists’, including two women cadres, were sighted by villagers in the forests of Vaipet in Indervelli mandal on the morning of December 1, which only indicates that some from the dalam which was involved in two exchanges of fire in late July and September have not gotten out.
According to sources, the dalam, none of them wearing the customary military green uniform but carrying firearms, was sighted by villagers working on tractors to cart sand from Chikmanvagu stream near Vaipet. The spot is about 30 km from Indervelli mandal headquarter and is known to be a favourite haunt of the Maoists in this area. The latest movement of the extremists could only be a coincidence with the PLGA formation week celebration which was launched on Tuesday, according to the sources.
Police however is keeping a close watch on the situation. It may be recalled that the anti-naxal policemen had twice narrowly missed the 20 to 25 member strong dalam which had apparently crossed over from Gadhchiroli at the beginning of monsoon this year.
Red zone await communication towers to ‘save’ jawans
Lack of communication network and reluctance of government agencies to expand telecommunication network in the Naxal-infested pockets has been proving dearly to the security forces combating the red army. Due to lack of proper connectivity, the jawans trapped in the Naxal-ambush have been failing to communicate for reinforcement or brief about the situation. The wireless communication is normally avoided as rebels have been easily intercepting it.
“The Chhattisgarh government had sent a proposal and the home ministry had sanctioned about 500 mobile towers to be erected in the Naxal-infested pockets,” a senior state government officials said. The telecommunication department had however failed to implement the proposal following Naxal terror. The rebels have been opposing expansion of communication network in the area. The mobile service providers fear to operate in the area following threats from the rebels. The state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has started working on the project but at a snail-pace.
Naxals fired on CRPF party from tree-mounted LMGs in Sukma
Raipur: Naxals are suspected to have used tree-mounted light machine guns (LMGs) to spray bullets and kill 14 CRPF personnel who were passing through a village during the encounter in Sukma. Officials said the fortnight-long operations launched by security forces in the jungles of the worst Naxal violence affected area of the state had passed off incident-free largely but for this retreating squad of the 223rd battalion of the paramilitary which came under intense firing.
Top Andhra Maoist devised new strategy to hit at CRPF
A detailed report submitted to national security adviser Ajit Doval on Monday’s daring Naxalite attack in Chhattisgarh, in which 14 CRPF personnel were killed, has identified the mastermind behind it as Commander Hirma, a top Naxal from Andhra Pradesh, and his deputy Chetu. This is the first major Naxal strike since the NDA government came to power in May. The Naxals appear to have devised a new strategy: they didn’t use explosives or landmines, only firing automatic weapons, due to which all those wounded had bullet injuries.
Killing of 14 CRPF men stalls anti-Maoist assault in Chintagufa
The killing of 14 CRPF personnel has come as a major setback to the massive offensive launched by the forces to reach Chintagufa, a Maoist stronghold that has never been accessed by the forces before in Chattisgarh. Sources said Monday’s anti-Maoist operation was carried out on “sketchy intelligence” and seemed to be an “ambitious plan”. “The forces have never managed to reach Chintagufa, a Maoist fortress, for years. There was intelligence about some top leaders in the area where this incident took place but it’s not clear whether it was accurate,” said a home ministry official.
Maoist Poster Create Flutter in Warangal Village
WARANGAL: A poster purportedly written by the Maoists has been put up at Mohammed Ghousepally village near Mulugu mandal, nearly 52 km from here, on Tuesday. It has created flutters in the mandal and other neighboring villages as the Maoists have begun People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) Week celebrations on December 2. In the poster, the rebels have warned chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao against his anti-people decisions saying “KCR Khabbardar”. It may be recalled here that Maoists have also put up posters in Venkatapuram and Charla towns in the neighoruing a Khammam district about five days back.
Malkangiri Tense as PLGA Week Begins
MALKANGIRI: An uneasy calm prevailed in Malkangiri with Maoists observing the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) Week from Tuesday. Though no untoward incident was reported on the first day, public services were badly affected. Private and Government buses remained off the road within Malkangiri and inter-State buses were diverted through different routes. Security forces were on high alert after Maoists on Monday unleashed a major attack killing 14 CRPF personnel, including two officers, and injuring 12 others in an ambush on the force in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
Maoist banners were found at various places in Chitrakonda, Balimela, Khairput, Govindpalli, Podia, MV 79 and Korukonda. Kalimela, considered Maoist fortress, wore a deserted look. A vigil is being maintained on the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border following intelligence inputs about Maoists planning to sneak into Malkangiri from the neighbouring State. Vehicles entering the district are being frisked while patrolling has been intensified. Area domination exercises are being carried out and police stations have been fortified.