Armoured carriers are no protection in heavily-mined Maoist areas
Armoured personnel carriers, called mine protected vehicles (MPV), used by Chhattisgarh police are a boon as well as a bane in the heavily-mined jungle tracks of the state’s Maoist-affected areas, say counter-insurgency experts. The MPVs that roll out from a government ordnance factory can carry 12-13 personnel and have a base designed to dissipate the impact of a blast towards its sides. But they are no match for an improvised explosive device (IED) rigged with 50kg of RDX.
In an explosion of such magnitude, the MPV flies up in the air and kills personnel inside — as it happened when one such MPV carrying a dozen Chhattisgarh Armed Force personnel came under a Maoist-planted IED in Dantewada on Monday. Seven men were pulled out alive of the mangled MPV but five colleagues were not so lucky. The IED was fitted with over 50kg of explosives, sources said.
Three Naxal cadres held
NAGPUR: A combined team of Gadchiroli district police at Malewada police post and Wadsa Desaiganj quick response team (QRT) have nabbed three Naxal cadres. The cadres were arrested on Sunday and have been remanded in police custody after being produced before court on the same day. The cadres Ramsai Dugga alias Kalidas, Mansaru Hidami alias Radha and Krishna Hidami alias Tulsiram, had rewards of Rs2 lakh on each of their heads.
While Kalidas and Radha were active for Tipagarh dalam of the north Gadchiroli, Gondia and Balaghat division of Maharashtra state committee, Tusliram was part of Naxals’ company 10 formation which operated in the northern side of the district along the Chattishgarh border. The arrests were made during an area domination exercise of the security forces which had stepped up vigilance in the backdrop of the forthcoming panchayat election. The nabbed Naxals had several offences registered against them. They were involved in many gunfights against the security forces.
Bihar sounds high alert as police seizes Maoist arms
Nawada: Bihar has sounded a high alert following Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh and seizure of sophisticated arms, ammunition by the Special Task Force of Bihar Police from several districts in the state. Inspector General (Operations) Sushil M Khopde said, “We have declared a high alert following the attacks on security forces in Chhattisgarh in which 13 jawans died and several others were injured. The morale of Maoists naturally increases after any success against security forces.” The alert also follows seizure of an INSAS rifle, a carbine, two grenades, six magazines, 140 bullets, walkie-talkie and police uniform from what could be either a training camp or arms hideout of Maoists from Kauakol area in Nawada district today. “STF teams from Patna and Jamui were sent for the operation. Two persons have also been detained in the connection. They are being interrogated and their identities are being verified to ascertain whether they have anything to do with the Maoists,” Khopde said.
The STF had yesterday unearthed 60 landmines connected together, spread across 600 metres long stretch in Munger to target security forces patrolling the area. A Maoist was also arrested in Vaishali district yesterday with four pistols and a rifle. “Yesterday, our men had foiled an attempt to target forces here by recovering 60 landmines connected together over a stretch of 600 metres,” Khopde added. The IG said the Maoists planted the landmines over such a long stretch because the security forces have resorted to patrolling on foot. “Vehicles are easy to target, so we have resorted to foot patrol. The jawans walk in single file with sufficient gap and spread over a long area to avoid the chance of all of them coming under attack. Seeing this, the Maoists spread the landmines over such a long stretch,” he said. Strict vigil is being maintained across the state to check any attacks by Maoists, the IG said.
Patna: A training camp of Maoists was demolished in Bihar’s Nawada district on Wednesday, police said. Security forces arrested three hard core Maoists in the operation and recovered arms and ammunition as well as Maoist literature from the camp…
Over 1,000 personnel dead in 10 years:
Is Chhattisgarh’s battle against Maoists a failure?
Raipur: Over a thousand armed forces personnel have died in Maoist attacks since 2005. It’s perhaps time we asked the question: to what end? The sacrifice of personnel would be justified if there’s some gain for the state. Every operation ought to have a long-term purpose built upon short-term targets. But what has the Chhattisgarh government achieved so far in concrete terms in its long, continuing war against Maoists? The latest attacks on paramilitary and police personnel bring out one thing clearly: despite the heavy flow of funds and armed forces’ personnel into the Maoist-hit areas over the last decade, nothing has changed substantially. Every resolve of the central and the state government to ‘eliminate’ the problem, and every consequent action has, on the ground, resulted in turning the situation in favour of the ‘enemy’ of the state.
The populous and urbanised centres of the region are where the government ‘exists and functions’. The left ultras have strengthened their grip on the area – comparatively less populated and more forested – that has been called the ‘liberated zone’. Heavily armed forces move into the area under the ‘enemy’s’ control for a few days of what they call ‘area dominance’. The Maoists retreat. The forces then return to their bases and the Maoists to their strongholds. The game of hide-and-seek has been on for years…
Maoists kidnap nine villagers from Odisha
Malkangiri (Odisha), Apr 14 (PTI) Suspected Maoists allegedly kidnapped nine persons from two villages in Mathili block in Odisha’s Malkangiri district bordering Chhattisgarh, which witnessed back-to-back Naxal violence in the last three days. Those abducted late last night include Trinath Bhumia, a former block chairman of Mathili. While five abducted persons belonged to Kirtanpalli village, two hailed from nearby Barha village, sources said. It is suspected that a group of Maoists was involved in the incident.
Hardcore Maoist arrested with arms in Bihar
A ‘hardcore’ Maoist, allegedly involved in several criminal cases, was today arrested with four pistols and a rifle from Bihar’s Vaishali district. Dinesh Chandravansi was arrested from a place near Mahua block office in the district, Superintendent of Police Chandrika Prasad said. “We had received intelligence inputs that he was in the area. Chandravansi is wanted in several cases of Maoist violence in Vaishali and adjoining districts,” Prasad said. Two of the seized pistols are sophisticated 9 mm ones, the SP said, adding that the police is investigating as to how he came into its possesion.
Security Sought for Lower Indra Dam Workers after Red Threat
BHUBANESWAR: As work at Lower Indra dam in Nuapada district is not making the desired progress after the March 15 Maoist attack at the construction site, the Water Resources department has sought adequate security for protection of men and machineries. Though work has been resumed at the irrigation project site, workers and officials do not feel safe to stay there after sunset. Since they are working under constant fear, the project is not making the desired progress.
Water Resources Secretary P K Jena has requested Director-General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik to issue instructions to the Nuapada SP for deployment of police force at the construction site for protection of men and machineries. Maoists set ablaze the construction machineries and vehicles of Odisha Construction Corporation on March 15 night protesting arrest of two of their cadres in Chhura forests.
Tribal leader injured in police firing
Varanasi: A tribal leader sustained bullet injuries in police firing at Kanhar Dam project in Duddhi tehsil in Sonbhadra district on Tuesday. He was referred to Sir Sundar Lal Hospital of Banaras Hindu University Hospital in a serious condition. Many women were also injured in police lathi-charge. Reports said hundreds of people assembled at Kanhar Dam project in protest against the acquisition of land on Tuesday morning. When they started raising slogans and turned restive, the police used force to disperse the gathering.
The police also opened fire in which tribal leader Aklu Kharwar from Sundari village sustained bullet injuries on his chest. General secretary of All India Union of Forest Working People Roma said that thousands of men and women assembled at the site to intensify protest against land acquisition on Ambedkar Jayanti. The protesters were carrying the photographs of Baba Saheb to mark the day as ‘Save the Constitution Day’, she said, alleging that police fired deliberately on the protesters, among whom women were in the forefront.
Two Maoists held, tiffin bomb seized in Chhattisgarh
The police arrested two Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres from the forest near Kalepal village in Dantewada District and seized a Tiffin bomb weighing 3 kilograms from their possession on April 14, reports The Pioneer. The arrested have been identified as Deva Kunjam and Joga Markam, both residents of village Arve. Kunjam is Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangthan (DAKMS) President and Markam is Sangham member.