Suspected naxal sympathisers spark off panic at Anrak plant
MAKAVARAPALEM (Visakhapatnam): Around 10 to 15 unidentified persons came calling on the Anrak Alumina factory at around 10.30 on Monday night and enquired about the factory and its management, sending into a tizzy the security guards, who believe they were naxals. Sources said the unidentified persons also enquired about the bauxite stock and production at the Anrak Alumina factory, which was set up a few years ago but has been awaiting clearances for bauxite mining in Visakha Agency to start production.
However, tribals supported by Maoists have been protesting against bauxite mining. The unidentified people, who were carrying backpacks, also enquired about the route to the main road. Their suspicious behavior aroused the suspicion of the guards, who informed the police immediately. Hearing about the call, the group disappeared into the dark. Police in large numbers led by Narsipatnam ASP Satya Yesu Babu combed the area at night and also placed heavy security cover around the factory. Cops launched combing operations at Rachapalli, B Venkatapuram, G Koduru villages. Kottakota police station circle inspector K Malleswara Rao told media persons that news about Maoists visiting the factory site was just a rumour. Sources said they might not be Maoists but sympathisers assigned to terrorise the factory management and workers.
Bihar seeks 700 companies of central forces for polls
Patna: The state home department has urged the Centre to arm Bihar with 700 companies of central paramilitary forces (CPMF) to ensure free and fair election. The election, likely to be held in multiple phases, are slated for October-November this year. The Centre has so far cleared just 500 companies of central forces for poll-bound Bihar. Meanwhile, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), state police and STF personnel have intensified anti-Maoist operations in the state prior to elections.
“A joint team of CRPF, state police and STF would launch operation ‘Kaimur-Fateh’ in Rohtas and Kaimur hills on Wednesday. This operation will be conducted in two phases to keep the area free of left wing extremists,” said a CRPF deputy commandant. According to sources, the Kaimur hills area is very crucial as it is a strategically well connected plateau. “The Kaimur plateau has an uninterrupted long range and it is connected to Madhya Pradesh and Aurangabad (Maharashtra) hills. The Maoists can walk on foot for several kilometres. Similar anti-Maoist operations are on in Banka, Jamui and Gaya as well. We are expecting the additional forces to reach state by September 15,” said a CRPF official. He added that 165 companies of CPMF will be pressed into action in Rohtas district alone. Each company of CPMF has a strength of 135 personnel, including officers.