Policeman killed, 3 injured in Chhattigarh encounter
A police constable was killed and three others were grievously injured in an encounter with the Maoists in Narayanpur district of South Chhattigarh on Saturday. The encounter took place near Botha village under Hawrai police station of Narayanpur when a joint team of district police Jawans and the CAF (Chhattisgarh Armed Force)was on a routing combing operation, informed Narayanpur district Superintendent of Police(SP) Amit Kamble. “Constable Athanas Bada was killed and Constable Lalit Kashyap, Kamleshwar Sahu and Rejendra Nishad were injured in the encounter,” said Additional Director General (ADG) of Police, Naxal Operations, Mr.R.K.VIj. “It seems to be a chance encounter not a well-planned ambush. Three injured jawans have been sent to Raipur for further treatment,” Mr.Kamble told The Hindu.
Police to get better logistics support to fight Maoist threat
Special training, more armaments promised
As part of equipping the State police force to face Maoist threats, the Ministry of Home is planning to extend them superior logistic support and special training. Minister for Home Ramesh Chennithala discussed the action plans and strategies in detail at a high-level meeting, which was attended by top police officers, including the State Police Chief, here, on Friday. Official sources said the Home Minister spent a major part of his time during the discussions to boost the confidence of senior police officers to carry out stronger action against alleged Maoist infiltration.
He also promised better armaments to the force to carry out the operations. Other than the specially trained Thunderbolt squad, the local police would be given more support in terms of State funding, logistics, and training. The police stations in North Kerala would be given special focus as three newly constituted wings of the Maoist movement had its focus on the region. “The Home Minister has reviewed in detail the already taken action in the sector and discussed the possible changes to be introduced in fighting the issue. “There will be surely come changes,” said a senior police officer.
Why keeping mum on Loktak scam: Maoist to BJP
IMPHAL, Jan 9: A press statement signed by Nonglen Meitei of the banned Maoist Communist Party, Manipur has said that the people of Manipur are suspicious that the BJP Manipur must have taken a huge amount of money from the corrupt government to keep mum regarding the Loktak scandal and demanded the BJP Manipur for a clarification regarding the issue. After the Loktak scandal was exposed by Tehalka, a magazine based in Delhi, in 2010 the follow up actions taken up by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems very fishy, it said.
There is a strong suspicion that the leaders of the BJP Manipur must have taken a huge amount of money from `CM Ibobi and his family, who are the main accused in the said scandal to bring an end regarding the issue, Maoist said. The then BJP national president Nitin Gadkari submitted a memorandum to the then President of India Pratibha Patel on February 17, 2011 charging corruption of above Rs 63,000 crore in the north east states, it further said. In that memorandum, it was mentioned that Rs 5000 crore has been misused in the state of Manipur.
The memorandum also expressed serious concern regarding the `Loktak lake multi crore scam and urged the President to set up a special court and to handover the case to NIA and CBI to find out the culprits, it recounted. Maoist in its statement also recounted others BJP leaders submitting memorandum to the concern authorities urging to take action regarding the issue including BJP Manipur president Th Chaoba. Narendra Modi during his visit to Manipur for the MP election had also promised to bring out the truth regarding the Loktak issue, it said. Now it has passed six months that the BJP is maintaining silence over the issue. Narendra Modi during his visit to Manipur to attend the Sangai Festival had not said a single word on the issue, it resented.
Maoists Recruiting Cadres in Adilabad
ADILABAD: Four teams of Maoists consisting of 12 members, including Area Committee member Atram Shobhan alias Charles, entered the district from Chhattisghar and are reportedly recruiting cadres. They are trying to regain their glory and also planning to merge the district from North Telangana zone into Dandakarayana zone. According to sources, for the last one week the Maoist teams are moving in Kairiguda, Sonapur and other tribal villages between Tiryani and Rebbena mandals and recruiting people.
The Maoist leaders are concentrating on youth who are debt-ridden and lost their crops of cotton, soyabean etc. The teams are frequently contacting the youth and successfully motivating them.
Due to frequent police firings in Andhra Odisha Border area, the Maoists are thinking that Adilabad district can be turned into a shelter zone. They are also planning to shift Adilabad from North Telangana zone to Dandakaranya zone. If Adilabad is shifted, North Telangana Zonal Committee will consist of Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam. To improve activity rather than indulging in damage, the Central Committee member Katakam Sudarshan is planning this corridor and is also playing a vital role in the new sector to strengthen cadre.
Activists under camera scanner
KOCHI: In view of increasing extremist threats in the state, the city police have decided to create a visual database of possible suspects by recording public events and demonstrations held here using video and still cameras. The intelligence wing of the police department is reportedly updating the database of suspected activists using video footages and photos following an increase in extremist activism. Senior police officials said that all public events, agitations and demonstrations were being photographed as part of strengthening the database of the intelligence wing.
Though the police were recording major events and agitations, stress is now on minor movements after suspected Maoist attacks, reported recently from various parts of the state. Apart from the photographer with the special branch, still and video cameras have been given to all circle offices in the district. With this, 15 circles under the Ernakulam rural and 11 circles under the Kochi city limit have cameras to strengthen the intelligence database. A senior officer with the shadow wing of the city police said cameras would be soon made available at all stations under each circle. “Currently, cameras available with main circle stations are used for the purpose. Soon, all stations will have cameras and all public events will be captured for future use. We have created a list of suspected individuals. This will be updated based on other intelligence inputs,” the official said.
Also, police are closely monitoring the activities of those who are in the list and programmes attended by them. The official added that two persons who were arrested from Palakkad on charges of suspected Maoist attack are in the updated list. Photographing public events and demonstrations has helped the police identify offenders in other cases too. Meanwhile, police admitted that some of the cameras installed in the main areas of the city were not functioning. These will be repaired soon.
Arms supplier to Maoists arrested in Bihar
Shrawan Das, an alleged arms supplier to the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), was arrested at Madhaul village of Muzaffarpur District on January 8, reports The Hindu. On a specific tip-off, a Special Task Force (STF) team raided the village and arrested Das, said Inspector General of Police (operations) S K Diwedi. One regular double barrel gun, one rifle, nine live cartridges and one kilogram of explosive materials was recovered from his possession.
Police to recruit tribals to end Maoist menace in Kerala
In a bid to fight the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) menace, tribal people will be recruited directly to the Police force, Kerala home minister Ramesh Chennithala said on January 9, reports The Times of India. Talking to reporters after a meeting with senior police officers in north Kerala, the minister said the decision to recruit adivasis (tribals) directly – for the first time – was taken after considering the suggestions of tribal organizations. “As many as 200 tribals will be recruited as constables in the first phase,” Chennithala said.
The minister said the Police would be entrusted with overseeing the implementation of development projects in tribal areas. District Police chiefs will hold consultations with District collectors to address issues affecting such areas. “Those helping Maoists directly or indirectly will be closely monitored. Strong action will be initiated against them if there is credible evidence,” Chennithala said. Urging the media not to glorify Maoists, he said a meeting of news editors would be held soon. He added that the state would provide protection to cops involved in anti-Maoist operations.