People’s War in India Clippings 20/3/2016



In a major anti-Naxal initiative, East Singhbhum district police has posted four police officers in as many CRPF camps in bordering districts of Bengal. According to information, sub-inspector rank police officers from Jharkhand have been posted at Belpahar in Bandhwan district, Jamboni and Salboni in West Midnapore district respectively. In bordering Belpahar district, two Jharkhand cops posted are in Burijhore and Kokrajhore CRPF camps. Two other police officers from the State have been posted at Jambboni and Salboni CRPF camps. Senior Superintendent of Police, East Singhbhum Anoop T Mathew said that they have posted Jharkhand police officers in CRPF camps in Bengal’s border areas because whenever the Bengal police used to carry out operation against CPI-Maoist rebels along the Jharkhand border, the latter would migrate into the Jharkhand, thus causing the Bengal police and the paramilitary forces to stand on the other side of the border.

“The move is a part of our strategy to ensure safety at our borders. With this initiative, the Jharkhand cops are posted at the CRPF camps at Bengal, when the Bengal police have to lead CRPF personnel for conducting operation, they do not have to stop on the Jharkhand border in absence of any permission. In other words, now the border of Bengal and Jharkhand has been mixed by getting Jharkhand cops posted at Bengal,” said the senior SP. Mathew said the decision was taken after a high level meeting between the police officers of the two States on how to meet the Naxalism challenges effectively prior to the 2016 Assembly elections in Bengal.

“The decision was taken in view of the Assembly elections in Bengal in May, but going by the response and its effectiveness we will continue the deputation of the Jharkhand police over there in Bengal even after the assembly elections are over. Because after the posting of the Jharkhand police, the Bengal police as well as the paramilitary forces from across the border are in a much better position in carrying out the anti-insurgency operation,” the senior police officers said.

According to Intelligence sources, the Naxals active in Belpahar, Salboni, Jamboni not only would take shelter in Ghatshila sub-division having crossed the border, but they would also provide logistic support to the CPI Maoist squads in Dalma, Dhalbhugarh and Dampara in getting influence the Government projects and also collecting levy from the local contractors in Ghatshila sub-division. The security forces camping at the Jharkhand-West Bengal border areas in the Ghatsila sub-division of the district are on the alert mode to take on any eventuality emanating from the possibility of fresh violence. Along the border area that encompasses several villages under the influence of Naxalites the security forces are interacting with the local villagers with adequate precaution. Besides, the movement of the security personnel, which include paramilitary jawans and cops of the Jharkhand police, is largely confined to on-foot movement. Chakulia, Shyamsunderpur and Dhalbhumgarh police station areas are under the strict vigilance of the forces particularly, Chakulia for its vulnerability to the Maoist-led violence. “The security personnel deployed in the border areas have been asked to follow the established security norms strictly while on patrolling. Besides, they have been asked to ensure smooth coordination on every front,” said an official.

Two Suspected Naxals Gunned Down on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh Border

Two Naxals were “gunned down” by police in an encounter on the Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh border near here this evening. Personnel from Anti-Naxal Squad of the district police were on a combing operation in Kasansur area when a group of armed Maoists hiding in the forest suddenly opened fire at them around 5.30 pm. The policemen immediately returned fire, killing two of them, an official release here said. The other rebels, however fled, taking cover in the thick forest, it said, adding, two 303 rifles and naxal material were recovered from the encounter site located on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. Police, however, did not give the names of the slain ultras. Anti-naxal operations have been intensified in the area, it said.

Gadchiroli: 2 women Maoist cadres killed in encounter

Along with two .303 guns, several shoulder bags carried by the rebels have been recovered from the spot. Two women Maoist cadres were killed in an encounter with the police in Maharashtra’s Etapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli district on Sunday evening. ”The encounter took place around 5 pm between our C-60 commandos and a joint formation of platoon 15 and the Kasansur dalam…near Chhattisgarh border,” said Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) Ravindra Kadam. Along with two .303 guns, several shoulder bags carried by the rebels have been recovered from the spot. This is the first major success for the police in 2016.

Police Plan Outpost at Medigadda

KARIMNAGAR: In view of a new barrage proposed at Medigadda in Mahadevpur mandal near Maharashtra border, a potentially sensitive location, the police department is contemplating to set up an outpost and a police station near Medigadda. In this regard, Director General of Police (DGP) Anurag Sharma inspected the proposed site on Saturday. Later speaking to media persons, he said there was a need to strengthen security at the project site as it was lying close to the borders of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra states. Once the project works start, security has to be strengthened as hundreds of staff workers would be engaged in their respective duties, he opined. It is learnt that, earlier, he discussed with Warangal range DIG B Malla Reddy and Karimnagar SP D Joel Davis over Maoist movement and situation in the interior villages that are adjacent to the Chhattisgarh border.

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