People’s War in India Clippings 4/3/2015


Anti-Maoist operation to be intensified in Gaya

Gaya: The ongoing anti-Naxal operation will be made more effective and in order to give the Red rebels a run for their money, additional police camps in Maoist-hit Dumaria-Imamganj region of the district will be set up. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of police and CRPF officials. IG operations Sushil Khopade chaired the meet. The meet participants included CRPF DIG Raj Kumar, Magadh range DIG PK Srivastava, Gaya SSP P Kannan, City SP Rakesh Kumar and IPS probationer Jagannath Reddy. The meet assumes importance in view of the recent spurt in Maoist activities in the region, incidents of land mine blasts, escalation in turf war between rival Naxalite organizations and perceived trust deficit between Bihar police and CRPF on a host of issues including the location of additional police camps.

However, IG operations Sushil Khopade vehemently denied any trust deficit between agencies engaged in anti-Naxal operations. There was perfect coordination and the situation on the Naxal front was fully under control, asserted Khopade. Giving details of the meet outcome, IG operations said nine sectors have been identified to give more fillip to the ongoing anti-Maoist operations and drive out the Naxalites from the Dumaria-Imamganj area. Additional police camps will also be established, said Khopade. However, the senior police officer did not give the location of the proposed police camps.

Maoists torch two trucks, fire at police squad in Latehar

Police officer Heera Lal Chauhan said that the police squad rushed to the spot after getting information about rebels attacking a coal field in Latehar district. The ultras left behind a pamphlet that sought money from the contractor. “The police squad immediately rushed to the spot after getting information. We saw that few people were torching two trucks. They fired 15 to 16 rounds of bullets at the police. The police retaliated by firing five to six rounds of bullets. After that Maoists ran away, leaving a pamphlet,” said Chauhan.

The police have cordoned off the area and are conducting raids to nab the culprits. “It seems to be a case of levy. They were trying to take ransom from contractors by threatening them. Police have begun raids at various places and cordoned off the area,” added Chauhan.

…Meanwhile, a team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) detected and defused seven bombs during demining exercise from Gangloor Police Station limits in Bijapur District on April 3, reports The Pioneer. According to officials, on the information received from Police Headquarters a team of CRPF had started for demining exercise from Gangloor Police Station. They had reached near Kilekar hills when the Bomb Disposal Squad detected seven bombs planted by the Maoists with intention of causing grievous injuries to the Police party.

The bombs were immediately diffused. In a separate action a joint team of CRPF and District Police which had started on an Anti-Naxal [left Wing Extremism (LWE)] operation got information about presence of Maoists in Karrepara village under Bhairamgarh Police Station limits in Bijapur District. Accordingly the raid was conducted and four Maoists were arrested. Materials used in making pressure bombs were seized from their possession, Police informed.

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