76 Naxals killed, 665 arrested in 4 months in 2016
New Delhi: At least 76 Naxals were killed and 665 arrested by security forces in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit areas in the first four months of 2016, Home Ministry officials said. Security forces have achieved greater success in tackling LWE in recent times and there was 30 per cent decline in violence perpetrated by Maoists this year.
Altogether, 76 Maoist cadres were killed between January and April this year in comparison to 15 killed in the corresponding period of 2015.
As many as 665 Maoists were arrested and 639 surrendered in the first four months of 2016 whereas 435 Naxals were arrested and 134 surrendered in the corresponding period of 2015, a Home Ministry official said. In 2015, 226 people died in 1,088 incidents of violence perpetrated by the rebels. Of the 226 deaths, 168 were civilians and 58 security personnel.
As many as 89 Maoists were also killed and 1,668 were arrested and 570 cadres surrendered before authorities last year. In 2015, as compared to 2013, there has been 42 per cent decrease in the resultant deaths (civilians and security forces). “The decline in violence can be attributed to many reasons such as greater presence of security forces across the LWE -affected states, loss of cadres and leaders on account of killing, arrests, surrender and desertions, better monitoring of development schemes in affected areas and insurgency fatigue among the Maoist cadres,” the official said. While 106 districts in 10 states are affected by Maoist activities in varying degrees, 35 districts in seven states are considered to be worst hit.
Anti-Maoist op ends in Lohardaga
Ranchi: The 10-day-long anti-Maoist operations came to an end on Tuesday after jawans found explosive material and fire arms used by the Maoists in Bulbul forests under Bagru police station of Peshrar block. Lohardaga SP Kartik S said that during the operations the security forces busted a Maoist camp situated inside the forest.
“The operation was launched when we came to know that a top Maoist leader was hiding in the area with his men. The operation continued for around 10 days during which security forces combed extensive areas of the forest,” SP said.
However, the Maoists managed to escape taking advantage of the thick forest cover. “Three black dresses used by Maoists, carbon papers, three steel containers, seal makers, 100 m electric wire and other items used for making bombs were found,” SP said. The exercise book and a book on Indian Constitution suggest that the Maoists were imparting education to their cadre in the camp.
“The camp was situated in a very dense forest area. It appears that the Maoists got the information of the arrival of the forces through their network at the last moment and escaped leaving behind essential items of use,” said a police officer.
Villagers cannot be prosecuted for wildlife crime: Maoists
Bhubaneswar: Presence of Maoists in wildlife sanctuaries in the state is not new. But their role to impede protection has come as a surprise to the wildlife wing. According to sources, the Maoist were threatening forest personnel not to implicate villagers for their role in laying electric trap to prevent elephants from straying into their paddy fields. The rebels say the villagers have the right to protect their paddy fields from the attack of herds of elephants, and the frest department cannot prosecute anyone if elephants are electrocuted in the process.
Almost a month ago, a guard in Satkosia tiger reserve was allegedly assaulted by the Maoists for naming villagers indulged in wildlife crime.
This facet of the extremists has come at a time when elephants across the state were facing deaths due to deliberate electrocution. Between January and June this year, the state has recorded deaths of 16 elephants. On Saturday, a tusker died of electrocution in Dhenkanal district.
Requesting anonymity, a senior wildlife officer said field personnel were under tremendous fear to nab villagers who violated wildlife rules because of the support they get from the rebels.
In December 2015, security personnel and Maoist rebels exchanged fire in Purunakote. The Satkosia Tiger Reserve spreading over 933 sq km comprise two wildlife divisions – Mahanadi and Satkosia. The movement of the rebels has been witnessed in Satkosia division which houses four eco-tourism sites.
5 kg tiffin bomb unearthed
ALERT security forces once again foiled nefarious designs of the insurgents on Tuesday when they unearthed a powerful tiffin bomb, weighing around 5 kilogram. The tiffin bomb was planted on Badedongar-Urendabeda road under Badedongar police precinct in Maoist-afflicted Kondagaon district. According to information received here from the police sources, a joint squad of Badedongar police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force was engaged in search operation on Badedongar-Urendabeda road under Badedongar police station limit of the district.