Attack on construction site in Balaghat.
Heavily armed Maoists abduct, kill intelligence branch cop in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Heavily armed Maoists on Monday night abducted and killed a constable of special branch (intelligence wing of the state police) in Maoist-hit Chainpur block of Gumla district, 80km from the state capital, chief of special branch ADG Anurag Gupta said. The bullet-ridden body of constable Badrinath Tiwari, 45, who lived with his family in Chainpur and where he used to spy, as part of his duty, on the movements of the Maoists and gather intelligence on Maoist activities and hideouts, was found on early Tuesday. A source said that around 10 to 15 armed Maoists arrived at Tiwari’s house located in a remote poorly policed village on Monday night and took him hostage. At gun point the constable was asked to follow the leader of the Maoists’ group. The Maoist leader walked far away from his (Tiwari) house into the darkness with Tiwari and others in tow.
No villager could dare to resist the Maoists who reportedly proclaimed that anyone working against the Maoists’ interests on the behest of the police would be killed. A police officer quoting Tiwari’s family said: “Sometime after the Maoists left with the constable, terrified villagers who locked themselves in their houses heard multiple gunshots. No one stepped out to see what had happened. People found his body in the early morning.”
A native of Palamu, Badrinath Tiwari belongs to Jharkhand Armed Police and was deployed in Gumla to gather intelligence for anti-Maoist operations. His family members who also live in Gumla are scared and are feeling unsafe. Maoists have claimed responsibility for the murder.
A hand-written note dropped near the body by members of CPI(Maoist) Gumla sub zonal committee said similar will be the fate of those spying on Maoists on behalf of the police. In south-west Jharkhand Gumla is among the worst Maoist-hit districts of the state. A very remote area, Chainpur close to Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border is not well-connected to Gumla town. National highway 23 passing through Gumla is around 30km from Chainpur.
The inter-state border is poorly policed and offers easy movement of Maoists. Last week Maoists killed three villagers in Giridih and Jamui districts allegedly because they were spying on them. The abduction and killing of the special branch cop is however rare. It brings back the horror-filled memory of the beheading of special branch inspector Francis Induwar in Bundu on the outskirts of the state capital in 2009.
In south-west Jharkhand Gumla is among the worst Maoist-hit districts of the state. A very remote area, Chainpur close to Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border is not well-connected to Gumla town. National highway 23 passing through Gumla is around 30km from Chainpur. The inter-state border is poorly policed and offers easy movement of Maoists. Last week Maoists killed three villagers in Giridih and Jamui districts allegedly because they were spying on them. The abduction and killing of the special branch cop is however rare. It brings back the horror-filled memory of the beheading of special branch inspector Francis Induwar in Bundu on the outskirts of the state capital in 2009.
In state’s remote locations many special branch cops are deployed to keep a watch on the movement of Maoists and trace their hideouts. The information they share with the state police department is used to launch operations against Maoists. The Maoists who have developed their own intelligence network keep special branch cops and police sympathizers on their radar. The murder has raised question on how police will protect their men living deep into the Maoist dominated zones who continue to be on the radar of Maoists. The incident marks the strength of the Maoists and counter police’s often-repeated claim that the Maoists have lost ground in Jharkhand. A police operation was launched in Chainpur following the murder. Senior police officers have left state capital to visit the spot and plan strategies to counter the Maoists.
..An officer of the special branch of police was abducted and killed by suspected Maoists in Jharkhand’s Nawatoli village on Monday night.
The officer, Badrinath Tiwari, was posted in insurgency-hit Chainpur a few months ago and, as part of his duty, had successfully developed a network of local informers and also planted moles inside Maoist camps. Working undercover as a tribal in Nawatoli under the pseudonym Binod Tirkey, he gathered intelligence on the hideouts of insurgents and their movements. On the basis of his inputs, the Gumla police and the CRPF busted several Maoist camps and inflicted serious damage to their operation.
Officers in Chainpur told HT that around 9 pm, a squad of rebels, including top local leaders Ranthu, Birbal and Lajim, swooped down on Nawatoli, kidnapped Tiwari and took him into a nearby jungle, where he was shot dead. “It’s an unfortunate incident. [Have] heard various reasons for the killing since last night, hence I am travelling to Gumla to personally probe [the incident],” said additional director general of police (special branch) Anurag Gupta.
Police modernisation plan finalised in Odisha
The State Level Empowered Committee (SLEC) on Police Modernization today finalised the action plan worth Rs 29 crore for 2016-17 fiscal, official sources said.Presiding over the SLEC meeting, chief secretary A P Padhi directed the home department to procure robust and compatible equipment with the existing data base.
Chief Secretary also advised the police to make use of the equipment that have been supplied to ODRAF units so as to keep them in good condition. The Action Plan focused on modernization of anti-terrorist and anti-naxalite operation systems. Replying to the media after the meeting, Director General of Police K B Singh said that the finalized action plan would be submitted to both the State and Central governments for approval.
“The Action Plan for 2016-17 has been estimated around Rs 29 crore. The Action plan has focused on modernization of arms, modern equipment for police operations, traffic management, upgradation of intelligence gathering system, CCTV surveillance, law and order surveillance, upgradation of communication system, upgradation of facilities for State CID, and upgradation of fingerprint bureau,” said I.G. Modernization S K Nath.