Maoists observe ‘Sthapna Diwas’, security increased in border areas
Jamshedpur: A high alert has been sounded in the district in the wake of Maoists observing ‘Sthapna Diwas’. Banned outfit CPI-Maoist which came into existence after the merger of rebel outfit People’s War Group with another rebel outfit Maxist Communist Centre (MCC). The merger had taken place on September 21, 2004 and ever since then the CPI-Maoist has been observing the establishment week every year beginning from September 21. Police said apart from ensuring deployment of addition police and paramilitary forces, the combing operations and patrolling has been intensified to check the possibility of entry of Maoists from neighbouring states. Officials said that the police have also intensified the efforts for strengthening security arrangements especially on the routes used by Maoists to enter the naxal infested areas.
Deputy inspector general of police (Kolhan), R K Dhan said that the police and para-military forces have been put on high alert in the twin districts of Singhbhum and also in Seraikela-Kharsawan districts in view of the Maoist rebels observing the establishment day. An officer said that the government railway police (GRP) in close co-operation of the railway protection force (RPF) has stepped up security of trains and also the railway track at the naxal belt. According to intelligence sources, the rebels are trying to observe the anniversary by organising small meetings at a number of places in West Singhbhum and adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district, and Chowka jungle is one of the probable venue for such meeting.
“High profile security arrangements have been made this time. The recent murders in the city are also one of the prime reasons for the additional deployment of security forces. JAP commandos have been deployed to thwart any untoward incident. Moreover, all the key installations in the city will also be under the hawk-eyed vigil of the police,” said a senior district official.The police and administrative machineries are gearing up to security arrangement after putting the police stations in all these three districts under Kolhan on high alert.
Special checking drive is being organised at the border areas of the city. Close vigil is being kept at the strategic locations like markets, bus stands and hotels. The authorities at hotels have been asked to report to the nearest police station on any suspicious person. The police are continuously patrolling the road outside on foot and in vans. Superintendent of police, Seraikela-Kharsawan said that the security arrangement was being made keeping the history of this rebel-infested district in view. “This time extra vigilance will be maintained in the naxal-infested areas like Chowka, Chandil, Kuchai and Kharsawan. We have made necessary security arrangement to tackle the Maoists threat perception,” said the SP, Seraikela Kharsawan.
Maoist Foundation Day: police on alert
The Srikakulam Police is on high alert to prevent any possible Maoist activity along the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border in the wake of the Maoist Foundation Day celebrations that began from Monday and is expected to continue till September 27. The Police Department has got reliable information that the banned organisation is trying to get foothold again in the district where the naxals movement started in 1969. Although the insurgency was down for the last few decades, sympathisers continued to stay in many places.
According to sources, Maoists formed Odisha-Srikakulam committee recently to intensify operations in many pockets. It prompted the district administration to keep additional APSP forces in place such as Dhonubhai, Kotturu, Battili, Meliyaputti, Mandasa, Kasibugga, Vajrapukotturu and other areas which are very close Odisha forest area. SP AS Khan is constantly monitoring the situation, following a directive from DGP J.V. Ramudu. Meanwhile, the district public representatives have been asked not to move without the support of guards. “Coordination meetings between AP and Odisha police are being conducted regularly to intensify concerted efforts to prevent the Maoist activity in border areas. We are exchanging crucial information regularly,” he added. Eight sensitive places identified all along the AP-Odisha border
‘Maoist’ wanted in Rohtas dist held in Chatra
RANCHI: A suspected Maoist, who was wanted in many cases in Bihar’s Rohtas district, was arrested during a joint raid in Chatra district on Sunday night. Sadar police station in-charge Ashok Ram said Santosh Bhuiya was living in a rented accommodation in Marwari muhalla in Chatra town area. A team of Bihar and Chatra police personnel was tracing his mobile number and later raided the locality. However, no firearms were found in Bhuiya’s possession. “He had hired a rented accommodation in the town and thought that he would be beyond trace.
Usually police search for such accused in jungle and forests and it is not usual for them to live in townships,” said Ram. Chatra SP Surendra K Jha said a team of Rohtas police had sought our assistance in conducting the raid which was extended to them. “We are working to find out if Santosh Bhuiya was wanted in any case in Chatra or not,” Jha said. The Rohtas police took away Bhuiya from Chatra on Monday in a private vehicle. An officer at Chatra’s sadar police station said 30-year-old Bhuiya was wanted in cases of extortion, levy collection, explosives act and other and was active in Rohtas district for past few years. Chatra shares border with Bihar’s Gaya district.
Security agencies crack down on Maoists in Bihar
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has started feeling the heat of central para-military forces (CPMF) ahead of the five-phase Assembly elections in Bihar, reports The Telegraph on September 19. Over 12 Maoists were arrested and a huge quantity of explosives was seized during operations in the past 24 hours. Over 250 CPMF companies have arrived in the state and more troops are likely to reach next week. Personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) have been sent to Maoist-hit Districts to cooperate with the state Police in the pre-election operations. Bhagalpur, Banka, Jamui, Munger, Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Begusarai and Khagaria, where votes would be cast on October 12, are areas dominated by the rebels.
In Gaya, security forces on September 18 destroyed a Maoist training camp during a operation in Baskatwa hilly terrain, adjacent to the Jharkhand border. Six rebels, including a senior leader, were also arrested. Apart from walkie-talkies, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and illegal arms and ammunition were also recovered. Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said: “Security forces found a full-fledged hospital being run by the Maoists in the deep forests, which share border with Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. The hospital used to treat rebels injured in encounters with security personnel.”