Naxal fronts take their fight against govt to Gujarat
Nagpur: Several front organizations for Naxalites are set to come together later this month in Ahmedabad to prepare a strategy to oppose government policies like land acquisition for industries and foreign direct investments in sensitive sectors like defence. They would give out a call to save ‘Jal-jangal-jameen’ which is also the theme of red rebels.
Defying prime minister Narendra Modi’s popularity in Gujarat, these organizations aim to characterize his development model as anti-people in the convention that they are claiming is being organized to save the natural resources from corporate exploitation. The development is on the lines of State Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO), Maharashtra, cautioning that several front organizations of Naxalites had become active in state and Gujarat fuelling anti-government sentiments which was also published by TOI. Maharashtra government has declared that around 55 front organizations of the banned rebel outfit have been functioning in the state and also having network elsewhere. The intelligence agencies have claimed that Naxal front organizations are operating across the state borders to create a mass base for waging war against the government and incite citizens in the name of people’s struggle.
A document procured from intelligence agencies showed a Gujarat-based organization had appealed to its counterparts in various parts of the country, like West Bengal and Chattisgarh, to join the national convention to debate on the policies like land acquisition act, foreign investment, plundering of natural resources for benefits of corporate powers and deprivation of labour and lower classes.
IGP, State ANO, Shivaji Bodkhe said Naxalites tried to influence the youngsters, especially students, who might find the left wing ideologies captivating. “The Naxalites and their front organizations try to mislead the students,” he said. The organizers’ invitation to other organizations, which is in possession of TOI, claims that Gujarat had one of the longest coastline in the country but its fishermen were at the receiving end of government’s policy. It underlines the fact that Gujarat’s fishermen community would suffer as government plans to develop thermal power plants along the coastline.
The organizers have also claimed that Modi government was trying to usurp lands from the tillers using new land acquisition law for the benefit of industrial houses. The Gujarat organization also termed the present as challenging period for the working classes including labourers and farmers. It said the government was amending labour laws to benefit the employers.
Naxal camp demolished in Chhattisgarh; explosives seized
Chhattisgarh police today demolished a Naxal camp and seized pipe bombs and other explosives after a fierce gunfight with the ultras in Maoist-hit Bijapur District. The encounter took place in the Erumgunda forests when the force, which is engaged in search operation in the forested area since July 2, came under fire this morning, Superintendent of Police KL Dhruv told UNI.
The rebels fled into thick forest cover as the force launched heavy retaliatory attack and destroyed their camp. A jawan reportedly sustained minor injuries. The personnel were still camping in the remote forest area, the SP said.
Rs. 50 cr. for implementing Central schemes in Naxal-hit areas
: The State government has sanctioned Rs. 50 crore for implementing Centrally-sponsored schemes such as Modernisation of Police Force (MOPF) and various other activities being taken up in Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected areas.
The budget was released for the year 2016-17 duly revalidating the unspent amount in the previous years, and an order was issued to this effect on Tuesday. The government of India is implementing different plans in 34 districts in eight States, including Andhra Pradesh, to combat extremism. As part of this, Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS), Scheme of Fortified Police Stations, Civil Action Programme (CAP), Integrated Action Plan (IAP), Security Related Expenditure (SRE) and Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Schemes were being implemented in LWE areas. Under MOPF, construction of model police stations, upgrading police stations, infrastructure development, improving technology, purchase of vehicles, development of roads under the Road Requirement Plan (RRP) and other works will be taken up in Naxalism-affected villages. The model police stations, also known as attack-proof stations, will have electricity, generators, solar fence, roof top sentry, rest rooms for staff, bell of arms and other facilities.
Attack-proof police stations
Recently, the Andhra Pradesh State Police Housing Corporation Limited constructed 14 attack-proof police stations in LWE areas in East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Guntur and Kadapa districts. LWE funds will be utilised for developing infrastructure, maintenance of Special Police Officers (SPOs), conducting welfare activities in Maoist affected areas such as organising medical camps, sports activities and holding meetings to wean away the youth from joining in extremism, particularly in tribal hamlets.
MP: Maoists tune in to security forces’ ‘Mann ki Baat’
“Every move you make, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.” No, it’s not a part culled out from famous English rock band The Police’s 1983 classic number. It’s a startling revelation about how tech-savvy Maoist rebels, operating from jungles of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, are keeping tabs on activities of security forces. Recovery of hi-tech Japanese wireless sets from jungles in Chhattisgarh recently has pointed towards a strong possibility of Maoist rebels intercepting security forces’ strategic planning against them.
‘50% of Maoist cadres could be armed with Japanese wireless sets’
Sources, who are part of Madhay Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra police’s joint anti-Maoist operations in dense forests of the three states, said 50% of Maoist cadres operating in these jungles could be armed with the Japanese wireless sets. The high-end set, which could be priced at above Rs 70,000, is capable of operating on 100-odd frequency channels.
Detailed analysis of the wireless set recovered from Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district following a gun battle has revealed that only 35-odd frequency channels were visible while other 70-odd channels were hidden. The analysis also revealed that out of 35-odd visible frequency channels detected by the police in the wireless sets, over 90% were frequencies being used to communicate during major anti-Maoists operations. Attempts to crack other hidden frequency channels failed as the sets have been programmed in such a manner that many of the frequency channels in use automatically got jumped during scanning, informed sources told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
“Prior to recovery of these wireless sets, it was known that Maoist rebels in the three bordering states of central and west India were using low end Chinese wireless technology or sets looted from ambushed security teams in different states. But the recovery of Japanese wireless sets with advanced features and their subsequent analysis have raised a strong possibility of the outlawed group is easily listening to our plans during operations,” said a senior officer, a part of the joint operations in the three states.
With the Maoists powering their wireless sets through pencil batteries and solar panels, even the battery back-up of these high end sets span up to two weeks, compared to 5-8 hours back up offered by wireless sets being used by security forces. Further, the police are only allowed to use their sets on higher bandwidth. Hence, the communication link of their sets is confined to 3-5 km. On the contrary, the Maoists are using both lower and higher end radio frequency bandwidth to listen to police plans up to a range of 10-15 km.
Cops rely on satellite phones
Investigations have revealed that at present, 100-odd AK-47 and other automatic weapons wielding Maoist cadres is active in Balaghat (Madhya Pradesh), Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) and Gondia (Maharashtra). Around 50% of them – divided into groups of 10-15 – could be using the hi-end Japanese wireless set to keep a tab of police plans and movement. Alarmed over the new development, the police in the three districts are using satellite phones instead of wireless communications during major operations.
When contacted over recent seizure of Japanese wireless sets, inspector general of police (IG-Balaghat) in Madhya Pradesh, DC Sagar said, “The sets were seized in Chhattisgarh, but they are yet to be completely unlocked.” He, however, confirmed that frequencies of seized sets were similar to frequencies of wireless sets being used by security forces.
PLFI giving Maoists a run for money in Jharkhand, neighbouring states
With 21 killings till May 31 this year, three times those executed by the Maoists, the trigger-friendly “ideology-less” group People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) is fast emerging as the “biggest threat” to internal security and peace in the hinterlands of Jharkhand and neighbouring states, giving its parent outfit a run for their money.
Led by ex-armyman-turned-rebel, Dinesh Gope, and comprising mostly Maoist renegades and unemployed boys and girls from rural hinterlands, the insurgent group has executed 34 people in 2014 and 22 in 2015 as against 36 and 24 by the Maoists in the same period and account for nearly 33 % of the total LWE incidents in the state this year.
Though comparatively smaller in size and number, PLFI has in the last three years captured lot of ground once held by the Maoists, the insurgent communist party which had a firm grip on the nation’s hinterlands for quite over a decade. PLFI has spread its base and network to the neighbouring states of Odisha, Bihar and Chhattisgarh and claims to have a pan India presence covering nearly 38 districts. Maoists are present in at least 60 districts.