CPI (Maoist) West Bengal State Committee issues May 2nd through 3rd bandh call in western border districts of West Bengal.
Exchange of fire in Narayanpur.
April 7 encounter: Maoist pamphlets warn Balaghat SP for ‘spreading lies’
Balaghat superintendent of police (SP) Gaurav Tiwari is on the target list of Maoists along with some alleged police ‘informers’ and people working for implementation of various government schemes in Maoist infested areas of the district. The pamphlets, allegedly published by a North Gadchiroli-Gondia divisional committee of Communist Party of India (Maoist), warned the SP and others of dire consequences.
The pamphlet, which has been distributed in the forests of Balaghat, around 450 km from Bhopal, says the Balaghat SP had made false claim over the April 7 encounter in the forest areas of Chukatola and Bhagwandehi in which a Maoist was injured. The left-wing extremists have accused the police of trying to seek appreciation over a false claim and threatened the SP and his team to be ready to face consequences for taking credit for the encounter.
We are verifying pamphlets’ authenticity: IG
Balaghat inspector general of police (IGP), DC Sagar told HT that they were informed about the pamphlet by the local media. “We are verifying its authenticity”, he said, adding that senior police officials from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Balaghat (MP) had met in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon on Saturday and agreed to increase the number of police outposts in the bordering areas shared by the three states. It was also decided to put more focus on intelligence sharing among anti-Maoist cops of the three states.
Additional superintendent of police (ASP), Balaghat, Neeraj Soni told HT that the pamphlet was published by the North Gadchiroli-Gondia divisional committee of CPI(Maoist) and prima facie “did not appear to belong to the left wing activists.”
Sarpanchs warned to resign or pay MNREGA dues to beneficiaries within a fortnight
The pamphlets also warn sarpanchs to resign or pay MNREGA dues to the beneficiaries within a fortnight. It also appeals to the villagers to keep away from the police and not provide them information about maoist movement. The pamphlet also urged villagers to emphasise on their rights on “Jal, Jungle and Zamin (water, forest and land) instead of taking television sets, sewing machines, radio and other items from the government.”
700 armed police primed to tackle state’s non-existent Naxalite problem
BENGALURU: Over 700 armed policemen versus less than five known Naxalites – an incongruity in a state where left-wing extremism is an almost forgotten threat. In fact, in the past decade, Karnataka has not seen any serious incidents and is off the ministry of home affairs’ list of Naxalite-affected states. Yet, the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) is primed for action, though the authorities themselves agree that some of the extremists they are looking for might have moved out of the state, and those remaining may not be active.
Despite this, the government has now agreed to set up three more ANF units under the Internal Security Division (ISD). Incidentally, the police department was taken to task by the Karnataka High Court for not having enough manpower to control the law and order situation. Questions are now being raised as to why such a large force is being deployed for a non-priority task. The heavily equipped troops also take a big bite from the budget to run their operations.
Senior police officers in the state are, however, firm on the need for the ANF. “One of the main aims of the Maoist movement in the country is to create a red corridor from east to south India, which includes Karnataka.Recently, Naxalite activities were reported in Kerala. Although there are no such activities in Karnataka, it wouldn’t be wise to dissolve the ANF,” said T Suneel Kumar, additional director general of police, ISD.