Fortified police stations being set-up in Chhattisgarh to combat Naxal menace
RAIPUR: Gearing up for a strong offensive against left wing extremism, Chhattisgarh police have claimed to have intensified the process of setting-up ‘fortified police stations’ in Bastar region in order to strengthen security apparatus in the Naxal-hit area. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had visited Naxal-infested Sukma district on May 31 to inaugurate the first fortified police station (FPS) of the state erected at Dornapal, 400 kms away from the state capital.
Maharashtra to have unified command under CM to tackle Naxalism
Aiming to tackle the growing menace of Naxalism, Maharashtra government has decided to set up a unified command under the Chief Minister, which will study the existing policies and strategies adopted by other states to combat Maoist terror. According to a state Home department official, the Committee for Integration and Co-ordination at the state government level will be chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and will comprise officials from other departments like Home, Finance, Public Works (PWD), state and central intelligence officials, along with defence officials. “This committee will study the existing policies and strategies in place to tackle Naxalism in the state and co-ordinate with other states where there is Naxalism and also with the Centre.
The committee will meet once in every two months and work towards curbing the growth of extremist left ideology and their activities in Maharashtra,” the official said. The committee will also co-ordinate with other states and the Centre on the security apparatus put in place to combat Naxalite activities, the official said adding: “It will also take stock of development schemes in Naxal affected areas and the equipment required for the purpose.”
Naxals assault trader in Dantewada
Raipur: A jewellery trader was seriously injured when naxals attacked him in Chhattisgarh’s in insurgency-hit Dantewada district today. The incident occurred when trader Manoj Soni was at his shop during the weekly market in Palnar village under Kuwakonda police station limits today, which is also the first day of week-long ‘Jan Pituri Saptah’ observed by naxals, a senior police official told PTI. A group of naxals, armed with sharp weapons stormed into the shop and attacked Soni three to four times before fleeing from the spot.
The incident led to a stampede-like situation in the market, he said. Soon after the incident, police personnel rushed Soni to a nearby hospital from where he was shifted to Jagdalpur for further treatment, he said. Meanwhile, a hunt has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he added. The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Bastar is observing ‘Jan Pituri Week’ from June 5 till June 11 in memory of their leaders. They also work on recruitment of new cadres during the week.
Operation to flush out Maoists begins in Angul
Angul, June 5: Intense combing operations by platoons of Special Operation Group is on in forest areas close to Satkosia wildlife sanctuary to flush out armed Maoist cadres sighted by local villagers. The forest areas are Laxmipur and Anthulia, which close to Satkosia forest areas However, district police authorities are reluctant to provide details of the operations on the ground of hampering the operation. Senior police officials have rushed to the spot.
Despite police claim of checking Maoist advance into industrial Angul district, armed Mao cadres were repeatedly spotted by the locals at Laxmipur forest some months ago forcing police to launch combing operations. Laxmipur is about 80 km away from Angul town. There was also an encounter between police and Maoists last year in a jungle under Chhendipada police station. No one was either injured or killed but police had recovered some Maoist literatures from the spot. But to the worry of the police some armed Maoist cadres were seen inside Antulia jungle by the locals yesterday. Antulia forest is very close to Satkosia wild life sanctuary.
Maoists regrouping in Odisha’s Lakhmipur forests!
Security personnel have intensified combing operations in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Handapa and Thakurgada police stations in Athmallik sub division of Odisha’s Angul district in the last four days following intelligence inputs of Maoist movement in the area. Personnel of India Reserve Battalion (IRB) and Special Operations Group (SOG) have launched joint combing operations in the area since last Monday. A total of 12 platoons of security personnel have been engaged in the operation.
However, senior police officials of the district are reluctant to speak on the operations by the security personnel. According to local sources, the dense forest around 20 km away from Thakurgada police station adjacent to the villages of Ghati Tenduli, Lakhimpur Tenduli and Batrakhol under Sapaghara panchayat has become a den for some suspected youths in the last six months. This forest extends to the Satkosia sanctuary. Walking through forests and hills for merely eight km, one can access National Highway no. 55 and after crossing over the highway again, the dense forest cover stretches through areas under Handapa police station up to Redhakhol. With locals rarely venturing into Lakhmipur dense forest, the area has turned out to be a safe haven for the unknown suspected youth. Locals said there are more than 20 youths in the gang, who happen to speak in a language, which is a mixture of Odia and Hindi.
The gang has been collecting cooked rice, rice and vegetables from the nearby villages, locals revealed. Reliable sources said they are even collecting rice meant for mid-day meal programmes in the school. Locals confide that the gang has promised not to harm them while asking them not reveal their whereabouts to any outsider. Earlier, the police had twice made superficial efforts to investigate the matter, but had failed to get hold of the suspected youth as it had failed to enter the dense forest. Though villagers are having some information about these youth, they are scared to share such information.
Not enough intel personnel in J’khand police dept
Ranchi: The Jharkhand Police are fighting Maoists without adequate personnel to gather intelligence inputs. The department`s special branch, the central intelligence wing, does not have enough manpower to monitor movement of the Red rebels, who have killed more than 400 security personnel since 2000. The special branch has over 1,250 vacant posts (2,500 total strength) across board, including the crucial posts of sub-inspectors who gather intelligence on Maoists, Left-wing extremists and other anti-social elements from the field. This has taken a toll on the success of anti-Maoist operations. Recently, extremists managed to torch several trucks during the two-day Jharkhand-Bihar bandh despite police sounding high alert and heavy deployment of security forces.
The posts of IG, DIG and SP (establishment) in the special branch are vacant for a long time. The special branch is the key agency responsible to fight over 18 Left-wing extremist groups, including the CPI(Maoist). “The vacancy at the crucial posts definitely takes a toll on the efficiency of the branch. A few officers are doing the job of many,” ADG (operations) and police spokesperson S N Pradhan said. Pradhan, however, stressed more on the technological efficiency the state intelligence department has adopted over the years to gather inputs. “The technological efficiency of the state police intelligence department has wowed other states as well. In the past few years the technical strength has undergone a sea-change,” he said.
The police extensively use signal intelligence by interception of communications between people and electronic communication. It also works to decipher messages because sensitive information is often encrypted. Map-based intelligence, phone tapping and technical intelligence are also extensively used by the police. The police claim it has requisite technology for it. On the other hand, Maoists have little technology compared to the police. Their intelligence is mostly based on humans, they have cajoled or coerced into gathering intelligence for them. These information gatherers are children or civilians who arouse no suspicion and give authentic real time information. The Maoists use walkie-talkies to spread the message they get through their endless human network. A police officer said anyone in the village works as spy for the Maoists, whereas the police is yet to penetrate in the rural areas over the years. A police officer said in the war against Maoists, human intelligence has no comparison with technology. “The Maoists work in extremely clandestine way, mostly in dense forests where technology is yet to make a mark. Often the intelligence about them comes late…
Two troopers injured in two Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh
Two troopers, one from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the other from the District Force (DF), were grievously injured when Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres ambushed Security Forces (SFs) at two different places in Bastar region on June 4, reports The Asian Age. The first explosion took place when the Maoists triggered a landmine targetting a search party of the DF personnel at Belkagunda under Kistaram Police Station limits in Sukma District.
The Maoists also fired at the SFs. Meanwhile, the Maoists ambushed a search party comprising the CRPF and the DF at Murdanda of Bijapur District inuring a trooper of the Central Paramilitary Force. Further, the woman Maoist cadre who was killed in encounter with SFs on June 2 at Belchar in Bijapur District has been identified as Lingo Parvati, a member of platoon number 13 of the CPI- Maoist.