Police concerned about growing presence of CPI (Maoist) in Balaghat including movements of armed cadre and distribution of pamphlets.
Maoists ‘contest’ rural polls in Bihar
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in the hinterlands of east Bihar are not boycotting the coming Panchayat (village level local self government institution) elections in a break from “tradition”, instead the Maoists, usually referred to as “partymen” in the interiors of the Districts, have propped up candidates of their choice across Panchayats in Banka, Lakhisarai and Munger Districts, reports The Telegraph on April 13. Candidates who are contesting those handpicked by the Maoists have been threatened as well. The 10-phase Panchayat polls begin April 24 and end on May 30. Bhim Singh, who is contesting for Basmatta Panchayat mukhiya (head of the village level local self government institution) in Belhar, Banka, was among the candidates threatened. Former Banka Superintendent of Police (SP) Satya Prakash said fighting against Bhim was Kamli Devi, mother of Maoist Balgovind Yadav.
Proactive policing helps curb Maoist menace in Gadchiroli district
Proactive policing has helped bring down activity of CPI (Maoists) in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra over the past few years. While Maoist-affected regions are limited to Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Gondia districts, urban centres like Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur and Pune also have significant number of Maoist sympathisers, according to sources in the state police. Gadchiroli remains the most affected, with encounters between the police and the CPI (Maoist) cadre becoming a regular feature in the district.
For instance, in 2013, the police arrested 50 Maoists and killed 27. While the surrender and rehabilitation policy for Maoists was formed in 2005, it was amended after 2013, after which a significant number of Maoists surrendered. In 2014, 13 were killed, 13 were arrested and 37 surrendered, while in 2015, five were killed, 26 arrested and 56 surrendered. In 2016 – up to March – four were killed, seven arrested and 21 surrendered.