Rebels kill former colleague for quitting Naxal movement
Naxals on Thursday killed their former colleague at a village in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district as he quit the Maoist movement, police said. “35-year-old Shivaji was shot dead by rebels, dressed as civilians, in Kottapal village under Bijapur police station limits,” Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI. Shivaji was a divisional committee member rank cadre of outlawed CPI (Maoist) and was active in western Bastar region before quitting the movement in 2012. Since then, he has been staying in Bijapur town.
Q-Branch Alert on Naxal Presence in ‘Tri-junction’
MADURAI: The Q-branch has sent a warning to all districts stating that a 50-strong group of Maoists may be active in the ‘tri-junction’ of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu borders and has asked police to maintain strict vigil to curb their activities. The alert was issued after the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police of Intelligence (Internal Security) reportedly received new and substantial information regarding the movement and activities of suspected Maoist in the ‘tri-junction’ region. Citing information from its sources, the Q-Branch claimed that the Maoists were operating in the border regions area with three ‘dalams’ (an unit of armed cadre), viz. Kabini dalam, Nadugani dalam and Bhavani dalam.
Besides, with the available strength Maoists have formed five armed squads with ten members in each group to carry out their operations. The Q-branch has claimed that around 65 sightings of Maoist activists have been reported from villages on the border of the three states. This had proved to be a strong proof to confirm the movement and activities of the Naxalites in the tri-junction border of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, sources said. The Q branch in its alert further stated that tribal residents in several border villages were able to clearly identify the photographs of five absconding Maoists, who were wanted by the police in Tamil Nadu.
Moreover, the confirmation by the tribals adds credence to the fact that the five Naxalites were frequenting in the region that is the ‘tri-junciton. The five were identified as Kalidass, Padma, Velmurugan, Palanivel and Karthik. Based on all these inputs and in an effort to nab the five Naxalites, the Q branch has urged the Tamil Nadu police, particularly those in border districts, to maintain a strict vigil on the movement of Maoists. Following the recent attacks on a Kerala forest department range office in Attappady and an outpost in Wayanad by suspected Naxalites, the Tamil Nadu police have intensified combing operations and have been conducting search operations frequently in forest areas bordering Kerala to curb the activities of Naxalites.
New CRPF chief undertakes special tour of Bastar in CG
Newly-appointed CRPF chief Prakash Mishra undertook a whirlwind tour of the worst Naxal violence- affected areas of Bastar in Chhattisgarh in order to firm up operations agaist the ultras in the state. The CRPF Director General, during his December 29-30 visit to the state, visited the area where Naxals killed 14 force personnel on December 1 and spent the night at the Chintagufa company base along the Dantewada-Sukma axis where he interacted with his troopers deployed for anti-Naxal operations.
Officials said Mishra was briefed about the operational strengths and weaknesses of the force during his stay at the Central Reserve Police Force camp as he instructed his men to keep up their morale and undertake quality operations against the Left Wing Extremists. The CRPF DG, the next day, travelled to worst Naxal violence-hit areas of Bijapur, Jagdalpur, Dantewada and Chintalnar during his maiden visit to any of the LWE areas after he took over the charge of the country’s largest paramilitary force on December 20.
‘Two-Pronged Strategy to Combat Maoist Threat’
KALPETTA: The state government would adopt a two-pronged strategy for combating and countering the threat posed by Maoists, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Wednesday. The minister, who is on a two-day visit to the district, was addressing a meeting of the representatives of tribal organisations at the collectorate conference hall here. “The government has no plans to resort to violence to tackle the Maoist threat. The multi-pronged approach will lay emphasis on the socio-economic development of tribal communities in regions vulnerable to Maoist infiltration. Special welfare packages will be introduced to stop extremists from cashing in on the backwardness of the tribal belts. Moreover, there are plans to strengthen the police stations in the district, in addition to bringing them under the Janamaithri community policing project,” the minister said, adding that there was a need to focus on strengthening the armed forces.
“Operation All Out” against Maoists on Odisha border from Jan
Acting on intelligence inputs that the Maoists have taken shelter along the bordering areas of Odisha after committing a series of violent acts in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, the Centre has prepared a new guideline to intensify operations against the left wing ultras along the Odisha-Andhra-Chhattisgarh border. The Home ministry, after getting information from the intelligence wing, has decided to start the operation, named as “Operation All Out” in the bordering areas of these three states from January.
The joint operation would be taken up by the BSF, CRPF and CoBRA personnel. It may be mentioned that while the BSF has been immensely successful in its operation against the Maoists in Odisha, the CRPF has not been so successful against the red rebels in Chhattisgarh. Several jawans of this largest para-military force have succumbed to frequent ambush attacks by Maoists. However, with the former Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra taking charge as the new Director General of CRPF recently, it is expected that the operation against the Maoists would be intensified in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. “Considering Mishra’s immense success in the operation against the red rebels in Odisha during his tenure as the DGP, “Operation All Out” would be a sure success under his leadership as the CRPF DG,” said a senior officer of the Odisha Police.
‘Abducted’ tribal people return home in Andhra Pradesh
Over half a dozen tribal people, who were reportedly abducted by suspected cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) from Pega village in Chintur mandal (administrative unit) in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh in the night of December 27, returned home on December 31 much to the relief of their anxious family members, reports The Hindu. The tribals, however, were silent about their ‘abduction’. The local Police feigned ignorance of any such development. Sources said the Maoists grilled them at a ‘Praja Court’ (people’s court, Kangaroo court) in the forests somewhere along the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh.