CPI(Maoist) calls for shutdown in Jharkhand, Bihar
Latehar: Communist Party of India(Maoist) called for a shutdown on Saturday in Jharkhand and Bihar in protest against the death of CPI(Maoist) cadres who had been gunned down during an encounter in Hazaribagh District recently. The shutdown had an impact in the Latehar District of Jharkhand, where no public transport or heavy vehicles were seen plying on the National Highway (NH) 75 and NH 99. The security operation by the CRPF was conducted in the jungles outside Bukar Village, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Chauparan police station.
Intelligence Bureau puzzled with rising number of Maoists surrenders
The Centre had lauded the increase in the number of surrenders by Maoists in Chattisgarh and termed it a major achievement but recent intelligence reports have revealed that several of them were not genuine. Sources said the Intelligence Bureau (IB) is unhappy with the manner in which the surrenders are taking place and has discussed the same with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the force entrusted with the mandate of combating Maoist insurgency. The matter has also been taken up with the state authorities. Sources said the IB has found that several incidents of surrenders were fake. “In many cases, it has been noticed that those who surrendered were either not Maoists or were sympathisers a long time ago,” said an official.
Merged mandals pose a tough task to police
Their task of controlling CPI (Maoist) activities becomes tougher
Merging Chintoor mandal along with six other mandals of Khammam district that face submersion due to Polavaram project into the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh received criticism from locals and it also makes the task of controlling CPI (Maoist)’s activities much tougher for the police. Sabari local area committee of the Maoist party’s north Telangana special zonal committee is active in Chintoor area and is a major trouble spot. Being on border with Chhattisgarh, Maoists have been active here.
A top leader of the party of the area Naresh was active and mobilising support and building up the party. After his death there was a breather but in recent times, the police found that the party was regrouping in the area. When the party was active four companies of Central paramilitary forces were deployed and after bifurcation it is the responsibility of AP police to take care of the area. It too has to deploy a large force of its own or Central paramilitary forces in Chintoor area which is now in East Godavari or in Maoists’ Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee. In spite of the presence of a large number of AP and Central paramilitary forces in the AOB area, surrender of a large number of militia and other incidents, it cannot be said that the Maoists are under control . The new “connection” they have through Chintoor mandal might worry the police who have their hands full in keeping a watch on Korukonda and Galikonda local area committees.