Cabinet Secretary reviews Maoist situation in the country
New Delhi, Jul 10: Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha today reviewed the situation in Left Wing Extremism-hit areas in the country and directed that all ongoing development projects should be completed on priority. At a high-level meeting, Sinha reviewed the progress of various developmental and security initiatives such as installation of mobile towers, construction of roads under the Road Requirement Plan-I and construction of fortified police stations.
After detailed deliberations, the Cabinet Secretary directed various Ministries to expedite the completion of the ongoing projects on priority, an official statement said. Other issues which came up for review include filling up of police vacancies, raising of Special India Reserve Battalions, forest clearances, claims of title deeds under the Forest Rights Act, opening of new schools and hostels, training of youth for skill development and priority to roads in LWE areas under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana.
Union Home Secretary LC Goyal, Secretaries of Tribal Affairs, Rural Development, Environment and Forest, Road Transport and Highways and School Education and Literacy, senior officers of Ministry of Defence, Intelligence Bureau, Central Reserve Police Force and National Security Council Secretariat attended the meeting. Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of LWE-affected states participated in the meeting through video conferencing. Maoists problem continues to be the biggest threat for the country’s internal security.
Maoist forces strike in Jharkhand, blow up govt buildings
Maoist forces struck in Chainpur in the Giridih region of Jharkhand on Friday morning, blowing up three government buildings. Further details are awaited.
More CCTVs fixed on border areas following rise in Maoist threat
COIMBATORE: Following Maoist threat in the Tamil Nadu Kerala border areas, the Coimbatore rural police have installed automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the bordering check posts. The ANPR cameras will capture the images of all motor vehicles’ registered number plates and the driver’s image. “We have installed the ANPR cameras in ten check posts in the bordering areas. It would help us to track vehicles’ registration number plates along with their drivers.
The vehicle movement in the bordering areas is being monitored round the clock,” said superintendent of police M Sudhakar. He added that incident of PDS rice and sand smuggling were on the fall after the installation of these cameras. However with the looming Maoist threat the police are not taking any chances and are surveying all vehicles in the border areas. Rural parts of Coimbatore has ten check posts on the Tamil Nadu Kerala border including Walayar, Velanthavalam, Nadupuni, Zamin Uthukuli, Veerappa Goundanur, Mangarai, Vadakku Kadu, Meenakshipuram, Govindapuram and Chemmanampathy. Two ANPR cameras, two CCTVs and two flood lights were installed in each check post.
A head constable is deputed at the Mangarai check post during day time. While two armed reserve police personnel and a head constable were deputed during night. The armed reserve police are equipped with self-loading rifle (SLR) to deal with a Maoist ambush. “We are prepared for all threats and all the camera recordings are stored separately which will help us create a database to identify terror suspect as and when they cross the border,” said Sudhakar.
Over 12 can bombs recovered from a lodge in Bihar
The Police recovered more than 12 can bombs from a private lodge in Kankarbagh area in Patna District on July 9, reports Zee News. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vikash Vaibhav said that on a tip off, Police searched the lodge and recovered the bombs hidden there. The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres are suspected to be behind it, he said. Meanwhile, a Maoist cadre, identified as Mithlesh Ram, was arrested with firearms from Hathori village in Muzaffarpur District on July 9, reports The Telegraph.