POLICE GUN DOWN 4 NAXALS IN BIJAPUR
Security forces gunned down four left wing extremists during anti-Naxal drive carried out in a forested patch of insurgency-riddled Bijapur district, police informed here on Saturday. The police and Naxals had face-off in a forested patch near Turmel village between Pamed and Usoor under the limits for Pamed police station about 110 km from district headquarters, KL Dhruv, Superintendent of Police Bijapur, informed.
The gun battle between police and insurgents took place around 1.30 pm near Turmel which lasted more than an hour.After the encounter security forces found bodies of four Maoists clad in Naxal uniform at the encounter site, the SP said while adding that muzzle loading guns, pipe bombs, explosives other articles of daily use were also found at the encounter spot.
“The forces which fought against Maoists, have not returned back headquarters yet and further information would be shared as they report back,” the SP mentioned. According to police, the joint team of district police, district reserve group, CRPF, CoBRA and STF personnel was carrying out search operation in the jungles since July 14.
More cell towers in agency areas to help anti-Naxal ops
Visakhapatnam: The State government has asked the public sector company BSNL to install more cell towers in the agency areas of Vizianagaram,
Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari districts to keep track of outlawed Maoists, who are said to be regrouping to fight against bauxite mining and other development projects. The government approached the BSNL since no private operator came forward to take up the work, fearing threat to life and property.
Police sources said the Union government had sanctioned 12 mobile towers for Visakhapatnam, 26 for Vizianagaram district, 10 for East Godavari and five towers in West Godavari districts. Out of 53 sites, work on towers commenced at 51 places and of them 30 became operational recently. Though the BSNL planned to set up towers at Jerrila (GK Veedhi mandal) and Maddigaruvu (G Madugula mandal) in Vizag Agency, the government relocated the towers to Rudakota (Pedabayalu mandal) and Rallagedda (Chintapalle Mandal) due to the security reasons.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) annual report 2015-16 says that the Maoist violence in AP had gone up by 94 per cent in 2015-16 compared to previous years as a result of the proposed bauxite mining and few other issues. Intelligence sources said that the CPI (Maoist) has been extending direct support to locals against the mining in Vizag Agency and construction of Polavaram project in West Godavari.
The police forces are worrisome that the outlawed Maoists are slowly regaining ground in wake of resistance over proposed Polavaram project and bauxite mining, though the State government had kept the latter one on hold.
Mumbai: State moots drone surveillance across Naxal territory
The state government Saturday mooted the idea of a drone surveillance-based communication system centre for effectively monitoring the activities of Naxals in the remote districts of the state. CM Devendra Fadnavis also proposed joint police patrolling along the inter-state borders, which fall on the Naxal corridor. At the 11th Inter-state Conference held in New Delhi, Fadnavis made a presentation on the challenges the state has faced till now and the concrete measures that the state has taken to tackle the problems of radical Naxalism along the Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha borders.
“To tackle the problem, the Centre should allow the state government to develop and strengthen a drone surveillance-based communication system,” Fadnavis said. While indicating that the Naxal corridors often run deep across several states, Fadnavis said, “There should be a joint border police patrolling mechanism to keep uninterrupted vigilance along the Naxal corridor.”
Chhattisgarh-based Naxal front spreads nationwide network
Nagpur: A Chhattisgarh-based front organization of banned outfit of Communist Party of India (Maoist) is fast spreading its network in metros like Kolkata, Mumbai and also Delhi to create antigovernment sentiment by giving a call to save ‘jal-jungle-zameen’ or water, forest and land from damage due to development. Sources in intelligence units said several front organizations of Naxalites with similar ideology are active in Nagpur too…
Formulate National Deradicalisation Policy: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh To Centre
A national deradicalisation policy needs to be formulated by the Centre to deal with the global threat of terrorism and efforts should be made to operationalise National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid), Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said today.
Addressing the 11th Inter-State Council meeting in Delhi, he laid stress on the need for strengthening information-sharing among intelligence agencies and police forces to fight terrorism.
Two-point plan to combat ultras in Maoist-hit areas
Dhanbad: The state police and security forces have stepped up their operations against Maoists after the ultras have started putting up posters with threat messages across Parasnath hills and suburban areas over the last few of days. This time, the authorities are focusing on a two-point plan – strengthening police operations in various strategic locations, apart from the ongoing anti-Maoist activities in dense forests, and consolidating villagers’ support through community-policing and other related activities across the region.
“They are targeting innocent villagers, who are helping the government in developing the region, in the name of police informer. None of the two villagers who were recently killed were SPOs or police informers. What the Maoists are doing is nothing short of terrorizing the villagers,” said DIG, Hazaribagh zone, Upendra Prasad, who has been holding marathon meetings with senior district police officers and security forces in Giridih for the last two days.
“Although we have been successful in our strategies to combat the ultras in both their strongholds – the Jharkhand-Bihar border and the Parasnath region – there is a need for long-term efforts to eradicate the ultras from the Parasnath hills,” said Giridih SP AV Variar.
Apart from vehemently criticizing the ongoing anti-Maoist operations, including ‘Operation Hill Vijay’ in and around the Parasnath hills and ‘Operation Greenhunt’ in the dense forests of Jharkhand-Bihar border, the rebels have slammed the Parasnath Action Plan, through their recent posters put up on on Giridih-Dumri main road.
Several such posters were found on the walls of Bananchal College in the Giridih Muffasil area, about 3km from the district headquarters on Thursday evening. According to the posters, Maoists activists are targeting police informers in the remote areas of Pirtand and bordering regions.
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CCTVs to be installed at 600 places to control maoist movement
VISAKHAPATNAM: In an attempt to keep a strict vigil on the Maoist movement and the illicit ganja trade, the rural police have identified around 600 vulnerable places, which need CCTV cameras. According to SP Rahul Dev Sharma, out of the 600 places, around 250 are Maoist affected. The CCTVs were proposed to be set up in and outside the police stations, weekly shandies and a few other places. The rural police have sent a detailed survey report to the state government for sanction of the CCTVs.
The SP said that the CCTVs, a state government initiative, once sanctioned, they would set up a command control room at the district police headquarters in the city and each police station will have a separate mini-control room. With the installation of CCTVs, the police feel that they could have strict vigil in the agency.
Warangal cops pick up OU student
A post-graduate student from Osmania University was picked up by Warangal police on Thursday night from his hostel room in a case involving the burning of a JCB machine two months ago in Adavimalmpalli village. He is suspected to be a Maoist sympathiser. Students of Osmania University said that Azad, 26, an MA Philosopy student, who was earlier an active member of OUJAC, had been arrested on Thursday He was arrested based on information given by two persons held previously .The student, who was at C Hostel, was rounded up by several policemen.
Police officials reportedly aimed their guns at him, dragged him out of his room, and then shoved him into a waiting vehicle, sources said. As many as 20 policemen were involved in this arrest. “We came to know that it was Mulugu police who picked him up and we think that he must be a Maoist sympathiser,” deputy commissioner of police (East Zone) A Ravindar told TOI.