Battling Naxals in Bastar:
Rajnath Singh chairs meeting of four CMs New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Monday, chaired a meeting of Chief Ministers of four Maoist-hit states – Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Odisha – to firm up plans to give a heavy push to the fight against Naxals in their citadel in Bastar. The meeting aims to draw out concrete measures to ensure coordination among state police forces and paramilitary forces so that the Naxals do not cross over from one state to the other.
The Bastar region, in the southernmost tip of Chhattisgarh and shares border with Maharashtra, Telangana and Odisha, is known as the citadel of the CPI(Maoists); the entire is deeply wooded and acts as a hiding place for the ultras. The meeting is also being attended by DGPs of all four states, heads of paramilitary forces and senior Home Ministry officials.
Maha seeks MI-17 chopper, continuation of CRPF in Naxal areas
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today sought from the Centre more paramilitary forces and large MI-17 helicopter for smoother combing operations in Naxal-hit areas of the state. Fadnavis met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi at a meeting to take a stock of the problems faced by Naxal-affected states, and sought continuation of CRPF, among other things. “Central Reserve Police Force deployed in Naxal areas was to be replaced with Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
I requested the HM to stop the deployment of ITBP for now because the whole idea of deployment is to ensure police presence in maximum possible areas,” Fadnavis told PTI. “One battalion of CRPF has six companies. We currently have five battalions which means 30 companies. In ITBP’s case one battalion has five companies. So the number of companies will decrease by five. The HM assured that CRPF will be deployed for now, and when the ITBP takes over, we will get five extra companies.” Fadnavis said he also requested Singh for an MI-17 helicopter for smoother combing operations in Naxal-hit areas. “We have one PawanHans helicopter. It is small. The area infested with Naxals is large. Hence we requested for a larger helicopter,” he said.
Police await govt decision to act against suspected groups
MALAPPURAM: Though the anti-naxal squad of police had received information that a group of Maoists equipped with modern weapons is camping inside the north division of forest area in Nilambur, they are yet to launch any major action against the gang as the government-level decision regarding the operation delays. As per the information received, the gang has more than five members and they possess AK 47 and self loading rifles (SLR). The suspected group interacted with local people, who were on duty of making fire line inside the forest region on Tuesday.
According to the statement of the 12 workers including seven tribal people, the gang members showed them the weapons. Following the information, the police carried out a search in the area on Saturday and got vital clues regarding the gang. However, the police need special permission from government to carry out an operation. According to the police, the frequent sighting of the armed gang members in the region hints that they want to attract police or Thunderbolts, the command force of Kerala police, to deep forest for a direct encounter. It is learnt that the police and forest officials are unhappy over the indefinite delay for taking any decision by the government.
“If any direct clash happens between the suspected group and police, there would be casualties on both sides. But, the delay in action will not resolve the issue. We have to launch action as early as possible,” said a police source. Sighting of an armed gang was reported near Pullankode Estate Bungalow near Karulayi two days ago and a team of police led by district police chief Debesh Kumar Behra collected statement from the security person at the bungalow on Saturday. A press release issued by Western Ghats special zonal committee of CPI(Maoist) two days ago said its politico-Military campaign(PMC) including rural and urban actions was successfully completed in January last week. Police suspect the group may shift it focus and would launch attacks in forest border areas in Malappuram, in the coming days.
Three Women Among Six Naxals Arrested in Chhattisgarh
Six Maoists, including three women, have been arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said today. They were apprehended from a forested patch under Koyalibeda police station limits yesterday in a joint operation by BSF and district police. The ultras were involved in an ambush in Bande region last week which had left two policemen dead, a senior police official said. Based on specific intelligence inputs, a team of paramilitary force and district police carried out a raid in forests near Parokal and Manhakal villages, about 130 km from here, and made the arrests, he said.
They were identified as Sarita alias Sanoti (26), Rajeshwari (21), Kumari Santo, Jay Singh (25), Raju Upendi (24) and Shaniram (28) – all members of various Naxal wings, the official said. They were involved in several incidents, including murder, attacks on police party and loot, he added.
Maoist poster at Cheruvathoor
CHERUVATHOOR: Throwing another surprise, pro-Maoist posters appeared on Cheruvathoor on Monday. The posters purportedly belonging to populist human rights organisation were found pasted on the walls found on the premises of the railway station and bus stand. The poster bore the heading “ ‘Nishabdatha maranamanu’ (Silence is death). The poster contained demands such as “Free Human Rights Activists” and “withdraw anti-people rules”. The poster also contained the photos of Jaison C Cooper and Advocate Thushar Nirmal. It is being pointed out that the poster are proof of the fact that Maoist presence are there in Cheruvathoor as well. Posters demanding the release of Jaison Cooper and Thushar Nirmal Sarathy had appeared on the hilly areas of Kannur district.
Posers were found in Peravoor, Manathana, Kelakam, Neendunokki towns. A few auto-rickshaw drivers who had come to notice a stranger pasting posters on Sunday, informed the police about it. But he soon disappeared from the scene. In a multi-cloured poster there was also demand for withdrawing UAPA and another one had information on Varghese martyr’s day that is going to held on February 18.
Maoists kill civilian in Maharashtra
A 25-year-old man, identified as Naresh Yerawar, was killed by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in Gadchiroli District on February 8, reports The Business Standard. His throat was slit and the Maoists also burnt his motorcycle, before fleeing into the forest, Police said.