CIAT school to train cops in anti-naxal operations
VARANASI: Having failed to bring institutions like Greyhound Academy of Andhra Pradesh to enable cops to learn anti-Naxal and jungle warfare methodology in the past seven years, the state police are now exploring the possibilities of starting a Counter Intercept and Anti-Terror (CIAT) school in any of the three Maoist affected districts of east UP region. IG Varanasi zone Amarendra Kumar Sengar admitted that after getting a proposal from the Government of India, efforts are being made to explore the possibility of establishing a CIAT school in this region.
Sharing details of the exercise made in this direction so far with TOI, the IG said, “The ASP (operation) of Maoist affected Chandauli district is being sent to the left wing extremist (LWE) affected states where schools on this pattern are functioning for proper study.” ASP will soon be visiting the centres at Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for conducting the studies. After completing his study, the ASP will submit his report to the IG to prepare a proposal to be forwarded to the Government of India through home department of the state government. Sengar said, “Government of India allocates funds from Rs one crore to Rs 1.5 crore to start a CIAT school. This fund is utilised to establish a school building, arranging trainers and weaponry,” he said.
The IG made it clear that existing facilities like firing range and grounds are utilised for outdoor training under this project. The trainers can be called from major centres, he added. The cops have been directed to look for CIAT school as the fate of the proposal forwarded to home ministry of Government of India through the state government in 2008 for beginning an academy on the line of Greyhound of AP and College of Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare (CCTJW), Kanker in Chhattisgarh, is still hanging in balance. Interestingly the state police have not lost hopes for the approval of this proposal hence it has revised the proposals and estimates are being sent repeatedly to the government in this regard.
The IG admitted that this proposal has been sent again to the government after fresh making estimate of the budget required to begin the academy. The Maoist menace in Sonebhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur districts is being faced since mid-90’s but the state could not ensure training of anti-Naxal and jungle warfare methodology for more than 30% policemen deployed in these districts so far. Keeping the necessity of proper training, the zone police had sent the proposal to start a training academy on the line of AP, Chhattisgarh and Odisha to the Centre through the state government in 2008.
Odisha Police destroyed 4 Maoist camps in Telan forest of Kalahandi
Police, Naxals exchange fire in Telan forest of Kalahandi district.
4 Maoist camps destroyed during the operation. This was informed by the IG (South western range) Jaswant Kumar Jethwa. Security personnel destroyed 4 Maoist camps and recovered 18 rounds of live ammunition, kit bags, solar panels, uniforms, cooking items, batteries and radio sets from these camps. No casualty has been reported from the security personnel side. There is no confirmed information on the casualties on the Maoist side either, informed Yaswant Jethwa, IG, South Western range.
HuM, JMB among 8 militant groups ‘active’ in Assam
As many as eight militant groups are “active” in Assam and Harkaut-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) are two such organizations prominent among them. The JMB at present has at least 20 active members in the state. Revealing this in the state assembly’s on-going brief winter session, state Forest Minister Rakibul Hussain said the police have so far arrested ten JMB members following the Burdwan blast in West Bengal. Those arrested included Sahanur Alom, a top-level JMB member who was very close to the Bangladeshi terrorist group’s top leadership.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier announced a Rs 5 lakh reward for information leading to Alom’s arrest. Hussain, who was replying on behalf of chief minister Tarun Gogoi, also gave a break-down of cadre strength of the other seven outfits. They are anti-talk ULFA (240), NDFB-S (270), KPLT (40), KLO (40), HuM (40), Muslim United Liberation Front of Assam (140) and CPI-Maoist (30).
Chhattisgarh Government doubles reward on top Maoists
The Chhattisgarh Government has doubled the reward money on top Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) leaders active in the Bastar region of the State, reports The Hindu on December 17. The Government has declared a reward of INR 10 million for providing information on CPI-Maoist ‘general secretary’ Mopalla Lakshmana Rao alias Ganpathi, and five other senior leaders who earlier carried a reward of INR 5 million each on their head. The senior leaders are Katakam Sudarshan alias Anand Mishir Besra alias Bhaskar Mambala Keshav Rao alias Gagganna Kisan Da alias Prashant Bose and Mallojulla Venugopal alias Sonu.