Plan to end Naxal-belt isolation
The consensus at a high level meeting on Naxalism, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Monday, evolved around better coordination and multi-pronged connectivity to affected areas through a web of mobile, rail and road networks. A comprehensive plan was laid out for building new roads and bridges, upgrade schools and erect over 2000 telecom towers in the Naxal-hit areas. The meeting chaired by the Home Minister reviewed the developmental projects in Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Odisha and Maharashtra — Naxalism-affected areas in and around the Bastar region.
Naxal operation to start before monsoon
The NDA government has given its nod for the first big anti-Naxal operation in the Maoist den of Bastar in Chhattisgarh before the onset of the monsoons.
Special assistance will also be extended by the Central government to in-state government machinery in the Maoists’ den. The move has come after the Modi government witnessed the first deadly attack by Maoists, killing a dozen CRPF men in Sukma. Coordinated operations by Chhattisgarh and the surrounding states of Maharashtra, Telangana and Orissa will roll out over the next four months to flush out Maoists. In the coming months, the security forces will also be able to fly UAVs from a new base in the worst-affected Chhattisgarh to track Maoist hideouts and movements. It is learnt that the MHA gave the states an assurance that apart from the UAV base in Hyderabad, the worst-affected zone surrounded by the four states will have UAV coverage from a base camp in Bhilai.
Anti-insurgency operation in Porahat after Maoist Area Commander arrested
Jamshedpur : The police and para-military forces are engaged in the anti-insurgency operation in Porahat division, which is a hot bed of naxal activities after Saranda has intensified the drive. The area has been sealed and a combing operation has been launched to flush out the Maoist guerrillas from the area. CPI (Maoist) Area Commander Navin Ji alias Upendra Paswan along with two of his accomplices were arrested from Porahat jungles of West Singhbhum on Saturday late night following the arrest.
Others have been identified as Kanda Vishwakarma and Lofar Chaki. Paswan was said to be quite active in Chatarapur area of Palamu. According to the police sources, acting on a tip-off the arrests were done after a vehicle was intercepted during a search operation in Porahat jungle on Saturday. The trio were on their way to meet some Naxals in Porahat jungles. The police have also recovered two pistols along with some live cartridges from the vehicle. Paswan had served 11-year jail term in a case related to the killing the then Chatarpur DSP D K Rai by blowing up his vehicle in June 2002.
Paswan, according to the police was recently released from jail. Meanwhile, the police and paramilitary forces have started frisking commuters in the bordering areas. At some places common people are also being interrogated by police and paramilitary force on suspicion. Forces have been deployed in strategic locations. Police said that the security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the Naxlites. “There has been a substantial increase in Maoist activities in this. We are not much concerned about small acts of violence because these activities can be controlled by us, but the bigger attacks are worrisome,” said a security official. Police sources have informed that on the basis of the leads provided by the arrested naxalite joint team of police and paramilitary forces are raiding at different places in Saranda area to nab other Maoists too. Sources informed that the ultras belonging to the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) have been active in the areas like Dumaria, Musaboni, Chakulia, Bahragora and Ghatshila. Sources informed that the police have decided to ensure strict vigil and deploy additional security forces in the fringe areas. “Security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the Naxalites. The plan is to keep a tab on the camps being operated by ultras,” said another official.
Maoist greets MPA
IMPHAL, Feb 9: The Maoist Communist Party Manipur has greeted Manipur People’s Army (MPA), armed wing of UNLF, on the occasion of its 28th Anniversary celebration today. A press statement of the Maoist said it respects the untiring and undeterred courageous soldiers of MPA as well as Military affairs committee of the party and salutes the martyrs who lay down their lives in the struggle. Maoist believes that UNLF along with its armed wing MPA will continue to shine in the national liberation struggle and also would like to join hands to fight against the colonial rule of India, it said.
Considering the present scenario, to continue successfully in the freedom struggle of Manipur, `Revolutionary forces, Patriotic Forces and Progressive Forces should be united while separating reactionary force and progressive forces,`it added.
Schools locked up in Imphal
Imphal, February 09 2015: Some unidentified persons locked up the Little Flower School and St.Joseph School located at Sangaiprou here on Monday morning. A poster which read as “school closed down indefinitely by Manipur Maoist” was found pasted at the gate of these two schools. Subsequently, normal classes were also cancelled for the day.
Odisha seeks 4 more CPMF battalions to combat Maoists
The Odisha government on Monday sought four additional battalions of Central para-military forces (CPMF) to effectively counter the Maoist menace in the state. Apart from this, the state government also requested the Centre to sanction the remaining Rs 122 crore assistance to expedite the construction work of Gurupriya river bridge in the cut-off area in Malkangiri district which is the stronghold of the red rebels. The meeting, presided over by Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, was attended by Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, Maharashtra chief minister Devinder Fadnavis and chief secretaries and directors general of police (DGPs) of Odisha and Telengana. For Odisha, chief secretary GC Pati and DGP Sanjib Marik apprised the Home minister of the steps taken by the state government against the Maoists.
Chinese radios help Reds tap police calls
Ranchi: Maoist rebels are using made-in-China radios to intercept wireless communication by security forces. Anil Singh, the Maoist’s secretary for Porahat Sub-zonal Area Committee, who surrendered in Khunti, also revealed that almost every Maoist leader carries such radios to get updates on the “secret movements” of CRPF and police personnel combing the forests. Top state police officers accepted that Maoists tap their wireless sets. CRPF IG R K Mishra said: “We have received inputs that the extremists use radios to intercept our wireless communication. We are alert and our forces exercise utmost caution while talking on wireless sets.”
The surrendered Maoist said Chinese radios are cheaper and high-tech. “It receives the voice (frequency) with more clarity than made-in-India radios,” Singh said, adding that most also use these radios for entertainment. “Even a layman can tap intercept police’s wireless sets. All one needs to do is adjust the frequency band of the radio and it will start blaring talks between policemen. The clarity of the communication depends on the weather conditions and the quality of the radio,” a source at the wireless wing of state police said.
This vulnerability has forced Chatra SP S K Jha to ask his officers not to share sensitive information on wireless. “The forces also use secret codes to evade Maoists,” a CRPF officer said. Khunti SP Anish Gupta said police often find radio sets at Maoist hideouts during raids.
Three teen girls missing from Laheri town may have joined Maoists
Three minor girls, who have been missing from the government ashram shala in Laheri town for over a month, may have joined the Naxals in the Maoist-affected region. According to a source, the three girls were “brainwashed” by the Naxals to join the insurgents in Vidarbha’s Gadchiroli area. In a letter to the parents of the girls, a top Naxal leader called Tarakka has claimed that the girls are safe and there is no need to worry. The three girls – identified as Vaishali Bapurao V eladi (14), Roshni Bija Vachami (16) and Sarita Kota Vadde (15) – are missing since January 3 this year.
Three Naxals held in Bijapur
Three Naxals, one of them carrying a cash reward on his head, were arrested during an area domination operation by security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said today. The cadres were rounded up by district force from a forested patch of Bangapal Police Station limits yesterday, Bijapur Superintendent of Police KL Dhruv said.
The police team was carrying out area domination exercise in Belnar, Karkwaya, Satwa and Niram villages of Bangapal region, located around 400 kms away from the state capital when they spotted ultras in Belnar, the SP said. Those apprehended were identified as Barsa Sudru (38), Korsa Sudru (42) and Baisu Jurri (40), working as ‘sangham’ (lower rung cadres) members in Indravati Area Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), he said. Korsa was carrying a reward of Rs 5,000 on his head.