Centre calls meeting of CMs of seven Naxal-hit states on November 3
NEW DELHI: With Maoist violence continuing unabated, the Centre has called a meeting of chief ministers of seven Naxal-affected states on November 3 to chalk out a strategy to fight the menace. The meeting, to be chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will discuss overall Left-wing extremism (LWE) scenario in 35 worst-affected states in the seven states — Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Telangana — besides issues like inter-state coordination.
“Action against mass front organisations of the CPI (Maoist), preparation of specific anti-LWE operations plans and checking of flow of funds to the LWE cadres are part of the agenda of the meeting,” a senior Home Ministry official said.
Maoists Planning Fresh Recruitments in Assam
JORHAT: Maoists are planning to make fresh recruitments, specially targetting the age group of 12-year-olds and above as they were running short of manpower in Assam, according to sources in the security forces. The Maoists have chosen the festival season to scout youths from tea gardens and ethnic groups in the tea belt for recruiting them into the insurgent fold, the sources said. They were also planning to recruit youths through their allies sending details through WhatsApp about the youths’ education, family background and location, the sources said.
Though the recruitment drive started a year back, the process has now been speeded up due to shortage of manpower in the Maoist camps as two batches after their 18-month training in Jharkhand and Odisha were ready to arrive by next January, they said. In the belt along river Brahmaputra short documentary films are loaded in 1GB/2GB mobile hand sets so that the impressionable boys of age 12 to 13 years are influenced and brainwashed to join the Naxalite movement, said the sources. The seven upper Assam districts of Dhemaji, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sivasagar and Golaghat have borders with neighbouring hill states, while the belt along the river is a breeding ground for Naxal activities, the sources said.
In view of the Maoists using the latest technology for their communication, the security forces want police special branches at both the Centre and the state equipped technically to counter them. The recent arrest of dreaded Maoist Aditya Borah at Dergaon in Golaghat district as he was coming from Merapani on the Assam-Nagaland border, however, was a big setback for the Naxal movement here, they said. The Assam-Nagaland border areas in and around Merapani have witnessed Maoist activities in recent times but after Aditya’s arrest it has come down though Maoists’ movement is witnessed in areas of mass gathering, specially during festivals, the sources added.
Three IEDs unearthed in Chhattisgarh
Security forces today recovered three powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), allegedly planted by Maoists, from Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. A joint team of security forces recoveredthe explosives, weighing 20 kg each, while carrying out an anti-Naxal operation under Kistaram police station area, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI. A squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) were cordoning off areas near Kistaram CRPF camp, when they spotted electric wire connection in Velkanguda village forests.
Following which the IEDs kept in a steel container were found hidden beneath the earth, Singh said. Explosives were defused by the bomb disposal squad, he added. The explosive was planted to harm security forces during their operations on a strategically important location in the self proclaimed liberated zone of Maoists where paramilitary forces have its camp, the ASP said.
CoBRA jawans hurt in blast
Two CoBRA jawans were on Monday injured in a pressure bomb blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district when a team of security personnel was returning to their base camp after a gun battle with the ultras. The incident took place in the forest under Basaguda police station limits when the joint squad of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action, a specialised unit of CRPF) and district force was on the way back to its fold after carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in the region, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela said. The two jawans accidentally came into contact with an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the Maoists, injuring them, the ASP said.
Those injured were identified as Santosh and Began Prasad, constable-rank personnel of CoBRA’s 204th battalion, he said. Soon after getting information about the incident, a helicopter was sent to the spot and the injured were airlifted to Basaguda camp where they were being provided primary treatment, he said. Earlier in the morning, a fierce gun fight broke out between security personnel and Naxals when the former were cordoning off a forested patch near Chhote Tarrem village during their operation in Basaguda area, located around 450 km away from the state Capital. As the security forces reached Chhote Tarrem village forest, a group of armed rebels opened fire on them, prompting the security forces to retaliate, Mr Elesela said, adding that the Maoists soon fled into the deep forests taking cover of the rough terrain. Later, a few pipe bombs, pitthu (bags), Naxals posters and banners and other material were recovered. — PTI
Maoist leaders in Attapady firing identified
The Kerala police have intensified their operations to deter Maoists from establishing an armed presence in the expansive forested area known as the “Northern tri-junction” of the contiguous States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The ongoing anti-insurgent operations has gathered momentum after Maoists fired upon police commandos on a routine daytime patrol in Kadukamanna in Attapady on Sunday. “Maoist action a tactical ploy” The police viewed the Maoist action as a tactical ploy to project the message that they could wrest territorial control of the strategically important area with minimal numbers and at will. Their “high-profile direct action” was more for propagandist value.
For one, it would mean lesser State presence in the form of Forest, Excise and police officials in the remote localities. The Maoist squad numbered less than six and could include one woman. The police have tentatively identified two of the suspects as Wayanad Soman and Attapadi Ayyappan. Police commandos returned fire in the direction from which they believed the Maoists had unleashed their salvo of automatic assault rifle rounds. The groups had scarce “visual of each other” because of the dense undergrowth and undulating terrain. None was injured. Police theory The police theory was that Maoists deemed the so called “Tri-Junction” strategically important for they supposed that the forested corridors offered them a less patrolled logistical link to their armed bases in North India, chiefly Jharkand.
The police said they now have an approximate estimate of the Maoist inventory of arms. Along with automatic assault rifles and pistols, the police said the insurgents also possessed workshop-grade anti-personnel weapons, chiefly remotely triggered landmines and wayside bombs. The information has prompted the police to deploy specialists to detect and defuse mines. The commandos have been issued night vision equipment. Aerial surveillance using drones would also be considered. Kerala police and Maoists had last exchanged fire on December 7, 2014 near Kunjootu Chappan colony at Vellamundy in Mananthawady in Wayanad district. The police had blamed members of the Kabani Dalam of the Western Ghats Zone Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for the attack.
3rd Killing in Malkangiri: Abducted Tribal Killed by Maoists
MALKANGIRI: The Maoists killed yet another villager suspecting him to be a police informer on Sunday. The deceased is Dambru Sagaria of Mundaguda village in the district and his body was found lying in a pool of blood on Monday morning at the Salimi-Mahupadar main road on the outskirts of the village. He was abducted along with another villager Sama Madhi at gun-point from Mundaguda village on Friday by the Maoists, who accused them of being police informers. While Sama had managed to escape from the Maoist camp inside a forest the next day, the ultras had kept Dambru hostage. In a poster left behind at the crime site, the CPI (Maoist) Kanker Ghat Maoist Division claimed responsibility for the killing.
The poster in Hindi mentioned that he was sentenced to death for being a police informer and extorting money from people in the name of police. With this, the Maoists have killed three persons on similar grounds in the last one week. Within a month, this is the sixth killing. Earlier on Wednesday, they had killed Rama Madkami and Sada Madhi of Kanaguda village under Kalimela police limits. Sources said Dambru was abducted by Maoists from Mundaguda village two years back and beaten up mercilessly.
He was left with a warning of facing dire consequences if he shared any information about the ultras with the police. Dambru, along with his family, had been staying in Ashirbad colony at Malkangiri since then and had left Mundaguda. He had visited his village last week to spend time with his family members during Dussera. People of Mundaguda, Kiang and Mahupadar villages are panic struck after the event. BSF jawans have intensified the combing operation in the area following the killing.